The Lexus and the Olive Tree

The Lexus and the Olive Tree

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A powerful and accessible account of globalization - the new world order that has replaced the cold war - by the award-winning author of From Beirut to Jerusalem. More than anything else, globalization is shaping world affairs today. We cannot interpret the day's news, or know where to invest our money, unless we understand this new system - the defining force in international relations and domestic policies worldwide. The unprecedented integration of finance, markets, nation states and technology is driving change accross the globe at an ever-increasing speed. And while much of the world is intent on building a better Lexus, on streamlining their societies and economies for the global marketplace, many people feel their traditional identities threatened and are reverting to elemental struggles over who owns which olive tree, which strip of land. Thomas Friedman has a unique vantage point on this worldwide phenomenon. The New York Times foreign affairs columnist has travelled the globe, interviewing everyone from Brazilian peasants to new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, to Islamic students, to the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, to find out what globalization means for them, and for all of us. This ground-breaking book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know how the world really works more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0006551394
  • 9780006551393
  • 375,558

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'Friedman provides an excellent bird's-eye view of globalization' Financial Timesshow more

About Thomas L. Friedman

THOMAS FRIEDMAN was born in Minneapolis in 1943. He completed his post-graduate Middle-Eastern Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford, before becoming a journalist. From 1979 to 1981, he was UPI's Beirut correspondent. In 1982, he became the New York Times' Beirut bureau chief, moving south to Jerusalem in 1984 to become bureau chief there. In January 1989, he became the New York Times' chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. Friedman has twice won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from the Middle more

Review Text

If you want a very accessible US account of globalization, written in the style of Newsweek, this is the book for you. It's upbeat, positive and sees good in the bad. In some respects it represents the best of US culture and I can't help but like Friedman and his sheer love of his subject. But the irony is that Friedman himself is a tribute to the deception that is globalization. He wants to portray globalization as a grand, culturally neutral and fundamentally democratic force that is freeing the world from backwardness and poverty. In fact, as his legion of anecdotes only underline, this is Americanization by another name - a trend which he half concedes towards the end of the book. Shouldering the burden of globalization - acting as its world policeman - is a contemporary version of the white man's - or American's - burden. The USA has to guard the sea lanes and guarantee fair play, or the whole process will break down, argues Friedman. Globalization, as he says, is very good for the USA. But is it good for the rest of us? It's worth reading just to see if you agree. Review by WILL HUTTON, the author of The State We're In, a sharp look at the British political economy today, The State to Come and The Stakeholding Society (Kirkus UK)show more
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