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July 2007 Selection: The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century
By: Thomas L. Friedman
Copyright: 2005  [updated 2006 edition also available!]


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About the Book:

"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 an 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.

Related Web sites:

Author Friedman's official site for this book

Wikipedia page for this book

Publisher's page for this book

Reading Group Guide for this book (in pdf format)


If You Like The World is Flat, Try:

The Tipping Point
By: Malcolm Gladwell. 2000.

The Lexus and the Olive Tree
By: Thomas L. Friedman. 1999.

Freakonomics
By: Stephen D. Levitt. 2005.

Everything is Miscellaneous
By: David Weinberger. 2007.

The Cult of the Amateur
By: Andrew Keen. 2007. (contrasting view)


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