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The world is flat : a brief history of the twenty-first century /
Thomas L. Friedman.
edition
Updated and expanded ed.
imprint
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
description
viii, 600 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0374292795 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780374292799 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
isbn
0374292795 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780374292799 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
While I was sleeping -- The ten forces that flattened the world -- The triple convergence -- The great sorting out -- America and free trade -- The untouchables -- The right stuff -- The quiet crisis -- This is not a test -- The Virgin of Guadalupe -- How companies cope -- The unflat world -- Globalization of the local -- The theory of conflict prevention -- 11/9 versus 9/11.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
5876804
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Quill Awards, USA, 2005 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-03-01:
In his latest publication, Friedman (columnist, The New York Times) successfully persuades readers that the world is indeed "flat." Building on his earlier book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999), this comprehensive, intelligent, and timely work combines analysis of global trends with profiles of individuals and specific companies, constructing a convincing argument. It also addresses recent events such as the dot-com bust and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, revealing the true impact of flattening. Friedman addresses how the world became flat, identifies ten flattening forces, and discusses how their interactions have shaped the world. Following this in-depth examination, Friedman dissects the US role in the flat world and how flattening has changed the US. Additionally, the impact of flattening on developing countries, geopolitics, and individual companies is addressed. Friedman concludes by stressing the importance of imagination. Surprisingly, given the alarming events such as terrorist attacks, Friedman advocates openness and communication as the best methods to succeed in a flat world and promote peace. Overall, he has crafted a read to educate and entertain. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. K. J. Whitehair Kansas State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-12-01:
Look around: this Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist claims that the most significant events of the 21st century are happening now. The globe is "flattening," with technology binding more and more countries together. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2005-03-28:
Before 9/11, New York Times columnist Friedman was best known as the author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree, one of the major popular accounts of globalization and its discontents. Having devoted most of the last four years of his column to the latter as embodied by the Middle East, Friedman picks up where he left off, saving al-Qaeda et al. for the close. For Friedman, cheap, ubiquitous telecommunications have finally obliterated all impediments to international competition, and the dawning "flat world" is a jungle pitting "lions" and "gazelles," where "economic stability is not going to be a feature" and "the weak will fall farther behind." Rugged, adaptable entrepreneurs, by contrast, will be empowered. The service sector (telemarketing, accounting, computer programming, engineering and scientific research, etc.), will be further outsourced to the English-spoken abroad; manufacturing, meanwhile, will continue to be off-shored to China. As anyone who reads his column knows, Friedman agrees with the transnational business executives who are his main sources that these developments are desirable and unstoppable, and that American workers should be preparing to "create value through leadership" and "sell personality." This is all familiar stuff by now, but the last 100 pages on the economic and political roots of global Islamism are 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. (Apr. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times, reviewing The World Is Flat in 2005. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has seen his own book in a new way, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. New material includes: The reasons why the flattening of the world "will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution" An explanation of "uploading" as one of the ten forces that are flattening the world, as blogging, open-source software, pooled knowledge projects like Wikipedia, and podcasting enable individuals to bring their experiences and opinions to the whole world A mapping of the New Middlethe places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be foundand portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world A call for a government-led "geo-green" strategy to preserve the environment and natural resources An account of the "globalization of the local": how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
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" One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal, " the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in "The New York Times," reviewing "The World Is Flat" in 2005. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has seen his own book in a new way, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. New material includes: - The reasons why the flattening of the world " will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution" - An explanation of " uploading" as one of the ten forces that are flattening the world, as blogging, open-source software, pooled knowledge projects like Wikipedia, and podcasting enable individuals to bring their experiences and opinions to the whole world - A mapping of the New Middle-- the places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be found-- and portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers - An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world - A call for a government-led " geo-green" strategy to preserve the environment and natural resources - An account of the " globalization of the local" how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
Back Cover Copy
"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times , reviewing The World Is Flat in 2005. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has seen his own book in a new way, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. New material includes: * The reasons why the flattening of the world "will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution" * An explanation of "uploading" as one of the ten forces that are flattening the world, as blogging, open-source software, pooled knowledge projects like Wikipedia, and podcasting enable individuals to bring their experiences and opinions to the whole world * A mapping of the New Middle--the places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be found--and portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers *An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world *A call for a government-led "geo-green" strategy to preserve the environment and natural resources *An account of the "globalization of the local": how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
Back Cover Copy
"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times , reviewing The World Is Flat in 2005. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has seen his own book in a new way, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. New material includes: The reasons why the flattening of the world "will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution" An explanation of "uploading" as one of the ten forces that are flattening the world, as blogging, open-source software, pooled knowledge projects like Wikipedia, and podcasting enable individuals to bring their experiences and opinions to the whole world A mapping of the New Middle--the places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be found--and portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world A call for a government-led "geo-green" strategy to preserve the environment and natural resources An account of the "globalization of the local": how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
Back Cover Copy
"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote inThe New York Times, reviewingThe World Is Flatin 2005. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has seen his own book in a new way, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. New material includes: '¢ The reasons why the flattening of the world "will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution" '¢ An explanation of "uploading" as one of the ten forces that are flattening the world, as blogging, open-source software, pooled knowledge projects like Wikipedia, and podcasting enable individuals to bring their experiences and opinions to the whole world '¢ A mapping of the New Middle--the places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be found--and portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers '¢An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world '¢A call for a government-led "geo-green" strategy to preserve the environment and natural resources '¢An account of the "globalization of the local": how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
Back Cover Copy
"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote inThe New York Times, reviewingThe World Is Flatin 2005. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has seen his own book in a new way, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. New material includes: The reasons why the flattening of the world "will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution" An explanation of "uploading" as one of the ten forces that are flattening the world, as blogging, open-source software, pooled knowledge projects like Wikipedia, and podcasting enable individuals to bring their experiences and opinions to the whole world A mapping of the New Middle--the places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be found--and portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world A call for a government-led "geo-green" strategy to preserve the environment and natural resources An account of the "globalization of the local": how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
Long Description
"The World Is Flat" is Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before-- creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the American heartland-- from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt. In "The World Is Flat," Friedman at once shows " how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, "The World Is Flat" is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
Main Description
The World Is Flatis Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never beforecreating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the American heartlandfrom anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt. InThe World Is Flat, Friedman at once shows "how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever,The World Is Flatis an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
Main Description
The World Is Flat is Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before - creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the Americanheartland - from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt. In The World Is Flat , Friedman at once shows "how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, The World Is Flat is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
Main Description
The World Is Flat is Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before - creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the Americanheartland - from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt.In The World Is Flat , Friedman at once shows "how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, The World Is Flat is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
Main Description
The World Is Flat is Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before--creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the American heartland--from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt. In The World Is Flat , Friedman at once shows "how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, The World Is Flat is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
Main Description
The World Is Flatis Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before--creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the American heartland--from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt. InThe World Is Flat, Friedman at once shows "how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever,The World Is Flatis an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists. Thomas L. Friedmanhas won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work atThe New York Times. He is the author of three best-selling books:From Beirut to Jerusalem, winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction and still considered to be the definitive work on the Middle East,The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, andLongitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family. Winner of theFinancial Times/Goldman Sachs Book Award ANew York TimesNotable Book AChristian Science MonitorBest Bookof the Year AWashingtonPostBest Book of the Year AnEconomistBest Book of the Year When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004," what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world's two biggest nations, giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalization? And with this "flattening" of the globe, which requires us to run faster in order to stay in place, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? In this brilliant new book, the award-winningNew York Timescolumnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt.The World Is Flatis the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists. This updated and expanded edition of Friedman's 2005 bestseller features a hundred new pages of fresh
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Updated and Expanded Editionp. ix
How the World Became Flat
While I Was Sleepingp. 3
The Ten Forces That Flattened the Worldp. 50
11/9/89
8/9/95
Work Flow Software
Uploading
Outsourcing
Offshoring
Supply-Chaining
Insourcing
In-forming
The Steroids
The Triple Convergencep. 201
The Great Sorting Outp. 234
America and the Flat World
America and Free Tradep. 261
The Untouchablesp. 276
The Right Stuffp. 301
The Quiet Crisisp. 323
This Is Not a Testp. 360
Developing Countries and the Flat World
The Virgin of Guadalupep. 393
Companies and the Flat World
How Companies Copep. 425
Geopolitics and the Flat World
The Unflat Worldp. 457
Globalization of the Localp. 505
The Dell Theory of Conflict Preventionp. 515
Conclusion: Imagination
11/9 Versus 9/11p. 543
Acknowledgmentsp. 567
Indexp. 571
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