The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

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A New York Times Bestseller

The groundbreaking new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman is a timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.

 

About Thomas L. Friedman

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Journalist Thomas L. Friedman was born in 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Friedman graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean Studies and earned a graduate degree from Oxford in Modern Middle East Studies. His reporting on the war in Lebanon won the George Polk Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He won a second Pulitzer for his work in Israel. Friedman began his career as a correspondent for United Press International and later served as bureau chief for the New York Times in Beirut and Jerusalem. Friedman wrote about his experiences as a Jewish-American reporter in the Middle East in From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won the National Book Award in 1989. The bestselling Lexus and the Olive Tree won the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. He wrote Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 and The World Is Flat, which received the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. His other novels include Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0, and That Used to Be Us which made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 488 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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Friedman's excellent new book, ''The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.'' The metaphor of a flat world, used by Friedman to describe the next phase of globalization, is ingenious.

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The Guardian

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There can be few writers so adept at catching the American mood as Thomas Friedman.

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The Guardian

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The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Globalised World in the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman Penguin/Lane £20, pp496 The rise of China and demise of America is well- trodden literary territory.

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The Guardian

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The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman 488pp, Allen Lane £19.95 In her introduction to Graham Greene's The Quiet American, Zadie Smith says of Alden Pyle, the American of the title: "His worldly innocence is a kind of fundamentalism."

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BC Books

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I started off writing for Blogcritics with my own critical analysis of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century.

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BC Books

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The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman is a hefty tome on global economic theory of all things, which sounds like the last book I'd find myself reading.

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The Telegraph

Friedman trusts that China, for instance, will meekly follow if America leads on clean power: 'the more and the faster we, America, inspire, shame, provoke, induce and lead China down a greener path, the sooner we not only will make the world a cleaner place but will help strengthen the rule of l...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Friedman also less effectively analyzes the effects of Globalization 3.0 than its players, and embraces technological determinism at the expense of thoroughly considering major political factors (like terrorist networks, which he’s previously compared to World War III).

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The New York Review of Books

He cites an illuminating conversation at Harvard in which the communitarian political theorist Michael Sandel alerted him to the fact that the process of global “flattening” he examines in his new book was first identified by Marx, quoting at length from The Communist Manifesto—including the pass...

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Harvard Business Review

This week I'm writing about "A Flat World, a Level Playing Field, a Small World After All, or None of the Above?"

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