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Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America | [Thomas L. Friedman]

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.
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Thomas L. Friedman's number-one best seller The World Is Flat has helped millions of listeners to see globalization in a new way. Now Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

Friedman proposes that an ambitious national strategy - which he calls "Geo-Greenism" - is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating; it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure.

As in The World Is Flat, he explains a new era - the Energy-Climate era - through an illuminating account of recent events. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet (which brought three billion new consumers onto the world stage) have combined to bring climate and energy issues to Main Street. But they have not gone very far down Main Street; the much-touted "green revolution" has hardly begun.

With all that in mind, Friedman sets out the clean-technology breakthroughs we, and the world, will need; he shows that the ET (Energy Technology) revolution will be both transformative and disruptive, and he explains why America must lead this revolution - with the first Green President and a Green New Deal, spurred by the Greenest Generation.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman - fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the world we live in today.

©2008, 2009 Thomas L. Friedman (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"An exhaustive, impressive, and convincing argument about the need for the United States to transition to more sustainable systems of energy soon or else risk any possible chance of maintaining hegemony. [Friedman's] ability to identify and summarize succinctly the issues and controversies over resistance to a green revolution is matched by his clear and definitive solutions to these forthcoming problems. Oliver Wyman provides a congenial and gentle voice that works well with the text." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 02-24-09
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 02-24-09 Member Since 2013
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    "important but long winded"

    i would say this book is a very important read in today's economic and scientific environment. i have read many of his other books and found them incredibly informative and inciteful. This book is also, however, maybe i am just tired of the author, but you get the feeling he is taken in by his "cuteness" with some of his turns of phrases. its like reading one NY times column after another targetted not for its inofrmation but to have a cute headline to capture attention. And if i have to hear one more time about what exotic location he just got done travelling to and what important person he interviewed, yes Tom, we get it, you have a great life. probably paid for in part by average citizens like me who fork over $ for your books and ny times subscription. ARRGHH. Almost makes me want to cancel.
    however, his points are important, and i think the book is an extremely timely read, especially given the obama agenda.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Spring, TX, USA 02-21-09
    Craig Spring, TX, USA 02-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Thick, Heavy, and Long Winded"

    I listened to Friedman's previous book "The World Is Flat." and was completely fascinated. Friedman brings together similar and other far reaching ideas in this edition of Globalization, Economics, Politics, and Environmental repercussions. The points he brings up are essential for the success of America, and the survival of the Human Race.

    It is an arduous listen however. Friedman's points are thoroughly researched and loquaciously laid out. I believe as an audio book, the abridged edition would be easier to deal with, as the unabridged version does get long winded at times. Particularly when he recapitulates points he'd already thoroughly articulated in previous chapters.

    Gaining an understanding of how our American way of life is spreading all around the globe, at a time when we are only just discovering the destructive nature of our life style, and the enormous rate of energy and material consumption is important as we tackle the current issues of repairing the economy and our teetering ecology. Overall, Hot, Flat, and Crowded is an excellent book with great economy and global saving points.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    "Long"

    I like the contents a lot. Informative. I wish more people would read it!
    The book is LONG ... maybe could have covered the same topics in 1/2 the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-23-09
    Tyler Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-23-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Go for the abridged instead"

    Some great ideas are fleshed in this book, but they are spread so thin I found myself skipping forward often. I feel like I 95% of what I will take away from Thomas Friedman came from his book tour interviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    debbielv United States 12-02-08
    debbielv United States 12-02-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible Narration"

    I was stoked to listen to this book, but could not get past the narration. He sounds like he's reading bad fiction, and mispronounces proper nouns. Save your $$ and check out the hard copy from the library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fred 12-10-08
    Fred 12-10-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Long repetetive and boring"

    This book is just too long and too repetetive. It just repeats and repeats and repeats -- one short article could have the same amount of info.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-09-08
    Kenneth Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-09-08
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    "A Much Needed Call to "Arms""

    Hot, Flat and Crowded makes a strong case that changing the rules that currently make it difficult to bring green technology to the marketplace is essential to keep America competitive and further, that the United States is the one country most capable of taking this leadership role. To do so, however, will require shifting regulations and tax burdens onto the dirty technologies that are currently favored by the U.S. tax and regulatory system. This book is persuasive and well-researched, though the author occasionally uses more words than needed to make his points. Even so, his points are too important for this to be a meaningful criticism.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Casurella Marietta, GA 01-24-09
    Jeff Casurella Marietta, GA 01-24-09 Member Since 2003

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    "The sky is not falling"

    I eagerly anticipated that this book would be as insightful as the author's most recent book, The World is Flat (which was a wonderful book). Unfortunately, my expectations were not met.

    The basic premise for Friedman's argument -- that America's current fossil-fuel infrastructure mandates drastic change because CO2 by-products cause "weather-weirding" or global warming -- is based on razor thin credible evidence. I realize that this is a controversial subject and that reasonable minds can differ; however, the author presents virtually no alternative viewpoints on whether global warming exists and whether it is man-made.

    I did appreciate some of Friedman's prescient political and social forecasting. I also liked some of the history of how we ended up where we are. Nevertheless, I think the debate over global warming is based on political faith and not on scientific fact.

    Despite all of this, I concur with Friedman's goal of changing our energy infrastructure NOT because of global warming, but because it will further our national interests of less dependency on foreign oil, reduce the influence of "oil dictators," and create a cleaner environment.

    This book is just "ok." It is not earth shattering, however, and I don't buy into its alarmist tones without a further factual basis.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Alexandria, VA, United States 06-23-13
    Maria Alexandria, VA, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Friedman's writing style is a big turn-off for me. He never says in ten words what can be said in 10,000.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: the core concepts are critical to understanding the need for energy independence in order to ensure our long term security. Least interesting: repetition.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice, standard diction.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Surprise - I didn't connect the dots between energy and security before listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Isaac Boise, Idaho, United States 05-17-11
    Isaac Boise, Idaho, United States 05-17-11
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    "Hot Flat and Crappy..."

    This book is a joke. I would not recommend it. The parts about the middle east are interesting, but this book is a very liberal book and author. The crap about global warming is a complete joke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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