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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant investigation of globalization, the most significant socioeconomic trend in the world today, and how it is affecting everything we do - economically, politically, and culturally - abroad and at home.

As foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman crisscrosses the globe talking with the world's economic and political leaders, and reporting, as only he can, on what he sees. Now he has used his years of experience as a reporter and columnist to produce a pithy, trenchant, riveting look at the worldwide market forces that are driving today's economies and how they are playing out both internationally and locally.

Globalization is the technologically driven expression of free-market capitalism, and as such is essentially an American creation. It has irrevocably changed the way business is done and has raised living standards throughout the world. But powerful local forces - of religion, race, ethnicity, and cultural identity - are in competition with technology for the hearts and minds of their societies. Finding the proper balance between the Lexus and the olive tree is the great game of globalization - and the ultimate theme of Friedman's challenging, provocative book, essential reading for all who care about how the world really works.

©2000 Thomas L. Friedman (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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What disappointed you about The Lexus and the Olive Tree?

This book is totally out of date based on the publication date, he's talking about rather basic things and old technology that were true 12+ years ago, not today. Also, it's very slow moving and the author talks way too much about his job/career.

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas L. Friedman again?

Maybe

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A very eye opening book. A must read for everyone.

No matter if you are a casual learner or a historian, this is a must read to live in this globalization world.

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Great book. Great presentation.

I was very intrigued by much of the material in this book, specifically the topic of the “Golden Straight-Jacket.” Although by now, many of the examples are outdated somewhat, the principles are far from it.

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"The Fed" has been rebranded.

A good back-to-back read with this book would be The Creature From Jekyll Island - - about the birth of the federal reserve.

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Still relevant...

My concern in re-reading "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" was that it would no longer be relevant. I had read it in college and I wanted to reread it again later in life into my career. My opinion is that altho

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Excellent Analysis

Looking back to when Friedman wrote this, his analysis and predictions are insightful and accurate. I would be interested in a longer view of where globalization leads the world, not just today but for the next fifty years.

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A Jingoist Manifesto in a Hokey Prose

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Radio show hosts in middle America.

Has The Lexus and the Olive Tree turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it only further turned me off from Tom Friedman.

What aspect of Thomas L. Friedman’s performance would you have changed?

None, unless Tom is inclined to stop writing books.

What character would you cut from The Lexus and the Olive Tree?

None, I would only add non-fictional characters so that the book matches the category.

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