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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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    Sondre 05-22-12
    Sondre 05-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Get the Abridged version instead"

    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.

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    rodi NORWALK, CT, United States 03-06-12
    rodi NORWALK, CT, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"

    This book is quite the eye-opener on why globalization is possible and unavoidable and how it's changing our world forever

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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-20-11
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Intersting"

    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.

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    Sam Huble, TX, United States 04-18-11
    Sam Huble, TX, United States 04-18-11
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    "way too long"

    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.

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    Gregory Winter Haven, FL, United States 06-17-10
    Gregory Winter Haven, FL, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clay New York, NY, USA 09-26-09
    Clay New York, NY, USA 09-26-09
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    "Interesting Book, horrid reader"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 04-11-08
    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 04-11-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Revisionist history, v3.0"

    I heard a free sample of this book on my GPS/Audible player and thought I'd give this book a try. I was, unfortunately, greatly disappointed by what I heard.

    While this book does give good insights into just how the world has and is flattening, it is also amazing how the author has the audacity to focus solely on a Windows/Mac/AOL-centric model of technology, completely ignoring all the smaller yet just as important players and events into how the technology evolved.

    Also, the personal attacks the author made on President George W. Bush are very unfortunate and not relevant to the overall arc of the book.

    If you like revisionist history, this book is right up your alley.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 06-08-10
    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 06-08-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Wow his liberal bias is disgusting!"

    Ok he hates Bush, I got it. So how is it that Bush is responsible for education? I'd say the heavily Democratic Teachers Union is more to blame. I was required to "read" this book for yet another ultra liberal attempt to teach me how to "think correctly". Lord I'm tired of teachers and their "I hate Bush" stuff. Now who are they going to blame?

    It is a good thing for this author that his "I hate Bush" brothers in the college profession force us to buy this obviously biased junk. Worthless once he begins to pontificate, as his bias causes me to be highly suspicious. Bush isn't the anti-Christ after all. He isn't responsible for All the Ills of the world!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sen Atlanta, GA, United States 08-06-11
    Sen Atlanta, GA, United States 08-06-11
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    "awesome book"

    I really appreciate the way author explains the flatness of the world. Its a must listen. Thanks Friedman.

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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 11-04-09
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 11-04-09 Member Since 2014
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    "blah blah blah blah for 27 hours"

    This author better hope that all of our jobs don't get shipped to India, or else who is going to buy his crap.

    I will give you a rundown of this book. If a job can be shipped overseas to India or China it has probably already been done. Lotty Dotty the world is not round thus it is flat.

    I wish Pakistan would hurry up and nuke India then we could see a further intensification of the authors flattening effect.

    This book is 27 hours worth of crap. Welcome to the flattened world Mr. Friedman.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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