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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • John
  • Riverview, FL, USA
  • 12-15-08

A Good Read

Great book - super topic. Could have been better by not restating the facts over and over. Too many redundant examples.

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  • Gigi
  • california
  • 10-23-08

Its time is here

This could be one of the most important books written in the last ten years. I would feel much better about our countries ability to tackle the problems we have if I had any faith in our representatives to do the right things and lead. Read it, you will be glad you did.

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  • Marilyn
  • Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • 10-05-08

7 hours too long

Blame America. Europe copies America; blame America. South America copies America; blame America. China copies America; well you get it, but Tom goes on to tell us why we should Blame America not only for China but India as well.

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Is it worth finishing?

I'm currently more than halfway through this book, and I'm wondering whether it's worth finishing. There are two problems with this book: one with the book itself, the other with the narrator. For the latter, the problem is that he drones on and on, and is relatively hypnotic. In addition, he has the annoying - and insulting - habit of using bogus accents when foreigners are quoted. It's insulting because the accents are bad, and are stereotypes of what he thinks these foreigners sound like.
But on to the book itself. It drags on and on, saying the same thing over and over and over. The World is Flat was similar, but each chapter covered different places, ideas, and examples. In this book, I can't tell one chapter from another. Friedman would have done better to make a much shorter book. Perhaps, for a change, the abridged version of this book would be a better choice. I'm usually dead-set against abridgments, but this book is just too tedious.
To be fair, Friedman says a lot of interesting things; it's just that after the first three times you hear them, they get stale.

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Awfully darned good

It was sad to get this level of understanding at the part I have played in the last 40 years and hopeful of the part I get to play for the benefit of my grandchildren

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A must read before Nov 4th!

I have always been a fan of Friedman's journalism and writing. He works hard at his trade, and spends many hours flying to remote parts of the world to research the subject matter and see things for himself first hand. He is exhaustive in his fact checking and is rarely discredited because he was lazy and did not do the leg work required by great journalists. He is able to leverage his own celebrity to get the interviews with world leaders and titan’s of business other do not, and is astute enough to ask meaningful questions, and not just pock around the edges.

Everyone should read this book before walking into a polling booth on Nov 4th! It truly makes a mockery of the rally cry 'drill baby drill'!