©2007 Thomas L. Friedman; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"This book showcases Friedman's gift for lucid dissections of abstruse economic phenomena, his teacher's head, his preacher's heart, his genius for trend-spotting." (The Washington Post)
"No one today chronicles global shifts in simple and practical terms quite like Friedman. He plucks insights from his travels and the published press that can leave you spinning like a top." (The Christian Science Monitor)
This book reads like a 7th grade Social Studies book, long and uninspiring. Remember the kid in school who would raise his hand and ask ridiculous questions just to hear his own voice? That kid grew up to be a journalist and wrote this book.
A few good points were made, but finding those points are like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles. Friedman emphasizes the need to be passionate about learning and exploring new disciplines. Ironically, this book will suck the passion from you.
Better titles for this book include: "Bangalore Rocks," or "How I Would Rule the World, If I Were King."
I could be wrong, but I can't recommend this book.
Love a good science fiction book!
An excellent and remarkable explanation of how we are forced (or blessed) to reinvent ourselves to keep up with the world aroud us.
I simply loved it! Worthed every second!
Those who want a history of innovations before 2004.
perhaps, but here he sounds too much like he's doing a voice-over for an ad (and I am a former voice-over artist).
not that I can think of
It's just outdated. Old News. Was great for it's day, but no longer.
Flat Land invites me to question where would the U.S. be if we didn't have the Depression of 2008? While I am very sensitive to cynical journalism and fear based writing Flat Land has really opened up a new perspective to me. To get there in Flat Land there is some negative views to tolerate.
Everything about this book is great except that it's old old old info. He talks about how revolutionary pod casts, the internet, wikipedia and blogging is. Sorry bud, but I've been using the internet for 15 years, pod casts and wikipedia for 10 years, and blogging is no longer cool and no one cares anymore. Honestly a great author, well written, good everything.. but this book should never ever be read again. It's old old old old old.
No not at all, this was once a great book but now it's outdated. I love this genre of books.
Yes, he was good.
Surprised to hear a story, so skewed to attacking anyone with wealth, even those that struggled to earn it..... must be a piece to support a cause....
I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
This was written a while back but is even more relevant today than it was when it was written. Written by a great writer who knows his stuff and has been all over this world and interviewed some of the most influential people the world has known. I had a wonderful epiphany while listening to this book! I think it will change my life! The book is far out of the realm of my usual listening or reading curriculum, but I am so glad I gave it a shot. I recommend this book to everyone.
This book contains a lot of discussion about technology. I found it hard to follow. If you're into computer programming, you might be able to follow along a bit better.
This is a very informative book and it's good for people starting to study economics. There are some points he makes that may seem counter-cultural or anti-american in some ways but hear him out. My only criticism is that a new edition should be written as it reads like facebook, twitter, google, and other mainstream technologies are brand new.
Plenty of information, very revealing, yet too long. It could have been condensed to a smaller volume, with more impact. There were several stories for further elaboration on the subject which seemed redundant. Overall the book is a major achievement.
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