The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

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By (author) Thomas L Friedman

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 660 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312425074
  • ISBN 13: 9780312425074
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd
  • Sales rank: 22,401

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In this brilliant book, an award-winning New York Times columnist explains how the flattening--i.e., connectedness--of the world happened at the dawn of the 21st century, what it means to the global economy, and how governments and societies must adapt.

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Thomas L. Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at "The New York Times," where he serves as the foreign affairs columnist. He is the author of three previous books, all of them bestsellers: "From Beirut to Jerusalem," winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction; "The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization"; and "Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11." In 2005 "The World Is Flat" was given the first "Financial Times" and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by "U.S. News & World Report." He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.

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"Captivating . . . an enthralling read. To his great credit, Friedman embraces much of his flat world's complexity, and his reporting brings to vibrant life some beguiling characters and trends. . . . ["The World is Flat"] is also more lively, provocative, and sophisticated than the overwhelming bulk of foreign policy commentary these days. We've no real idea how the twenty-first century's history will unfold, but this terrifically stimulating book will certainly inspire readers to start thinking it all through."--Warren Bass, "The Washington Post" "Nicely sums up the explosion of digital-technology advances during the past fifteen years and places the phenomenon in its global context. . . . Friedman never shrinks from the biggest problems and the thorniest issues."--Paul Magnusson, "BusinessWeek" "[This book's] insight is true and deeply important. . . . The metaphor of a flat world, used by Friedman to describe the next phase of globalization, is ingenious."--Fareed Zakaria, "The New York Times Book Review" (front cover review) "A brilliant, instantly clarifying metaphor for the latest, arguably the most profound conceptual mega-shift to rock the world in living memory."--David Ticoll, "The Globe and Mail" (Toronto) "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. Or rather, a pancake."--Clayton Jones, "The Christian Science Monitor" "["The World is Flat"] is filled with the kind of close reporting and intimate yet accessible analysis that have been hard to come by. Add in Friedman's winning first-person interjections and masterful use of strategic wonksterisms, and this book should end up on the front seats of quite a few Lexuses and SUVs of all stripes."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)