©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 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.
That is a ridiculous question.
The ramifications of what the author is proposing.
This actor is be better suited for Dave Barry style humor or perhaps mouthwash commercials.
Attack of the 27 hour monologue.
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.
The author presents a smart, insightful look at the challenges of an integrated world. The writing is not dry or bland, but engaging and human.
There is no story.
Steady and stable.
The challenges we are facing today in an integrated world.
I made the horrible mistake of going for the unabridged version because I thought I would be missing out on important stuff. I should have taken the reviews more seriously because the unabridged version was a nightmare of "slowness". The author spends time detailing his talks with people he interviewed for the book which makes it extremely repetitive and boring. As I have worked in the IT-industry since the mid 90's I had knowledge of how businesses have moved across borders which means this book didn't bring anything new to the table for me. And I honestly think you would have to been living under a rock not to know about most of the things in this book.
I have tried five times to listen to this book and finish it, but it get's so boring so quickly I have to shut it off after a while. Also I feel that the author several places makes assumptions for the future that we already know today isn't going to happen anytime soon. I feel the author seems to have a wish for the World to become even more flat and this wish seems to be shining through between the lines of the book. This means the book is not looking at stuff in a critical way with serious analysis of the facts, it is more like: "Here's how I see it, so it must be so". This annoyed me.
The narrator is ok in my view, though I think he goes a bit too far in talking with an Indian accent when he's reading the parts from the Indian interviewees. I didn't like that at all.
This book is quite the eye-opener on why globalization is possible and unavoidable and how it's changing our world forever
There are definitely some good points in the book. I do feel, however, that it was a bit drawn out. I'm guessing that the book could have been about half its length and been just as effective.
This book is basiclay a long economics book. If you have take a few coreses in Economcis, i wouldnt bother with it. But if you've never study economics before, it might be for you.
Friedman does a great job in highlighting the changes that are shaping our world. While the book was revised as recently as 2007, there are many references that are a bit out of date, which only proves his thesis about how technology accelerates the technology.
I write this review on an online audiobook site for a book I listened to on my phone, using the phone to write the review from the beach.
The content of the book is very interesting, although definitely kind of old news by now. Still, it's interesting to consider all the various issues surrounding globalization.
The reader, Oliver Wyman, however, is terrible and his imitation of foreign accents is highly insulting and pejorative. And his Indian accent and Indonesian accent are exactly the same, even though they should be very different. I can't believe the production company allowed him to use such stereotyped accents.
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