A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. 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 Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists. (recommended by Bill Tibert and Lynn Green)
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?
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This is the book everyone is talking about. I heard people mention it and read about it in interviews several times before I finally ordered a copy. I was not disappointed even though it's long and sometimes gets a little bit detailed. Nevertheless the overall themes of the book are far-sighted and will provide a grid through which we will see the world for many years to come. I find myself using the phase "The earth is flat" again and again to describe our current international environment, especially when it comes to communications and information technology. The book is not primarily about technology but about the way our world is changing. I think it is a "must read" for people who are trying to understand the way the world is changing and why.
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