©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.
1. You may be tempted to pass over this book because initially it will appear anachronous for the 2017 reader. Please do not make that mistake. Endure the obvious, from the perspective of a decade or so beyond the original publication, and glean many riches of perspective, especially at the conclusion. No, don't skip to the end - you need the context of Friedman's argument. Your perspective will make this text, like food marinated for a long time, a delicious addition to this excellent work. Be patient, and reap.
2. Should a future narrator be selected to read, I recommend an older voice. It is difficult to mesh Friedman's wisdom with such a young (sounding) voice, and distracts me from the sage advice one seeks from such a voice as Friedman.
The World is indeed flat, and this book explains it in a manner that makes sense, and connects so many world events to form what we know as the flat world.
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It's just outdated.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....
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