It's true. Some of the events are covered in both books. This one is simply better. I had a mental picture of all that was happening. The detail is precise. The book will stay with you for a long time and you will find you actually have some understanding of the campaign at Trenton and Princeton. You will not be disappointed.
Anyone who has read Thomas Friedman knows he lives to get to the kernel, the essential element, of the story as in From Beirut to Jerusalen or the Lexus and the Olive Tree. In this book he lays out what he sees as the most revolutionary change in human history, a story made more remarkable because of the speed of its development and the smoke screens that obscured it. While many paid attention to the dot com crash and the telecom bankruptcies and scandals, Friedman observed a radical shift that permitted anybody anywhere to participate on the main stage of commerce and history. His expertise about those parts of the world that grind against this revolution only lends more credence to his argument. When you read the book you know he can only be right.
The book gets a bit preachy but only because he sees his countrymen carrying on as though it is business as usual and he blows a desperate bugle of warning.
If you've read the book you know exactly what I mean. If you haven't you are vulnerable to forces that you may not see coming. "Tire tracks all across your back..." as the poet said.
Read the book and hang on for a wild ride. The ride will happen anyway. Best to know how to steer.
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