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The World Is Flat: Further Updated and Expanded | [Thomas L. Friedman]

The World Is Flat: Further Updated and Expanded

With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.
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Publisher's Summary

With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.

©2007 Thomas L. Friedman; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jef 08-19-08
    Jef 08-19-08
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    "Kind of Like Social Studies in the Seventh Grade"

    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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Swienckowski 06-22-15
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    "Outdated"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who want a history of innovations before 2004.


    Has The World Is Flat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    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).


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not that I can think of


    Any additional comments?

    It's just outdated. Old News. Was great for it's day, but no longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Sterling, VA, United States 03-20-15
    Joshua Sterling, VA, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Still Relevant in 2015"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 08-05-14
    Philip 08-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Outdated Outdated Outdated Waste of time and money"
    What would have made The World Is Flat better?

    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.


    Has The World Is Flat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No not at all, this was once a great book but now it's outdated. I love this genre of books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, he was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 05-12-14
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Unfortunately a skewed political piece..."

    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....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jesse PRINEVILLE, OR, United States 01-31-14
    jesse PRINEVILLE, OR, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013

    I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.

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    "Great book about the new world!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 08-05-13
    Mark 08-05-13
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    "Very technical."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron United States 12-05-12
    Aaron United States 12-05-12
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    "The concepts are very good. New edition needed."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    naser Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-17-12
    naser Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Thomas L. Friedman and/or Oliver Wyman?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don MITCHELLVILLE, IA, United States 08-15-12
    Don MITCHELLVILLE, IA, United States 08-15-12
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    "The Writing On The Wall"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The World Is Flat to be better than the print version?

    That is a ridiculous question.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The ramifications of what the author is proposing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This actor is be better suited for Dave Barry style humor or perhaps mouthwash commercials.


    If you could give The World Is Flat a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Attack of the 27 hour monologue.


    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter is chilling. Especially because it's fairly verifiable recent history and not some vague prediction of what COULD happen. It is made thoroughly surreal by their choice of narrator. The first analogy that springs to mind is The Revelation of John read by David Sedaris. And it's really, really long... Great Book. Terrible Implications. Weird Delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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