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


New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s latest bestseller looks at the profound changes occurring in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before. These rapid changes are creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. The updated and expanded edition of The World is Flat 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 21st 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.


ISBN: 0374292795

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Pub. Date: April 2006

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Price: $30.00

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