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Hot, Flat, and Crowded Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    H. Stephen Showalter Smithield, VA 12-24-08
    H. Stephen Showalter Smithield, VA 12-24-08 Member Since 2013

    I love physics and science fiction. Just finished Hyperion series by Dan Simmons...

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    "Denial No More"

    Whether or not you buy all of the Global Warming controversy, there is no denying the interconnection of dirty fuels and our problems in the Middle East, Russia, and Venezuela. Furthermore, how we solve the clean fuel problem probably provides the greatest opportunity for U.S. capitalism to reassert itself both economically and morally. Thomas Freidman, once again, has the vision to pull many threads together with convincing research and data, and to see the really big picture.

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    Mary C. Murphy 10-18-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Hot Flat and Crowded"

    My daughter suggested I listen to this book and she was right. I throughly am enjoying this book and it is most importantly, changing my behavior. No longer can I rationalize "global warming" but now can converse more effectively about climate change. I also understand better the geo-political infulences in our search for oil. I must read for everyone.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-11-08
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-11-08 Member Since 2010
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    "very up to date"

    Friedman does a great job bringing the listener into a fully up to date conversation about climate change. He covers what's going on, where it is headed and what we need to do. A long listen, but full of info on recent developments and suggestions for policy changes on how to solve the problem.

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    Henry Pico Rivera, CA, USA 10-07-08
    Henry Pico Rivera, CA, USA 10-07-08
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    "Rome is Burning"

    I gotten through about half the book and all I have to say is if we dont Actually start doing something about our addiction to Oil this country is going the way of Rome.

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    susan3216 United States 01-02-09
    susan3216 United States 01-02-09 Member Since 2015

    You will find great diversity in my books. I love great story telling whether biography, history or fiction.

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    "Book = 3 Reader = 1"

    I have the distinct feeling the reader of this book used to teach kindergarten.

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    Todd Olympia, WA, USA 11-15-08
    Todd Olympia, WA, USA 11-15-08
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    "We need to wake up"

    Great follow up from his last book "the World is Flat". Friedman points out that we need to get it together to survive. Thanks, can't wait for his next book

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    John 11-05-08
    John 11-05-08
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    "Elegantly Worded Call to Action"

    This book is typical Thomas Friedman. He has carefully researched this book. It covers the rise of the middle class across the world, the global climate change, and the constant population growth. Once you read this book you will be sure we are faced with a perfect storm of problems. Half way through I was sure there was no way out of these problems. Patiently, Tom leads you through his well researched solutions to these problems.

    I was uplifted at the end to see that the planet that I love can survive. It falls to each and every one of us to make this happen. Don't read it if you think the solutions will be quick or easy.

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    Hilke Breder BRATTLEBORO, VT, US 10-23-08
    Hilke Breder BRATTLEBORO, VT, US 10-23-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Put off by the reader"

    I love Tom Friedman's books but I am not sure whether, after having listened to the first 2 CDs, I can finish. I am so put off by the reader, who sounds like a schoolmaster reading with a highlighter in his hand, marking almost every word with special emphasis, because otherwise we might not get it. I prefer to arrive at my own conclusions. I haven't decided yet but may jump forward to a later section just to see whether the reader has settled down into a more conversational tone and if so resume listening.

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    Harry W. Carnes 06-26-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Hot, Flat, and Crowded"

    Freidman brings home the need for the U.S to go to alternate forms of energy. He stresses global warming, but his points on not supporting the oil despots and creating U.S. jobs was more compelling.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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