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

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. USED - Very Good. Grey paper boards with silver lettering to black cloth spine. Light foxing to edges of text block, otherwise pristine and unread. Clean, unmarked, bright. Binding tight and square. Corners sharp. Index. 16 x 23.5 cm. 488 pp. / Good/ Very Good. Light edgewear and scuffing. A few spots of foxing to interior. Item #15555

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-winning New York Times columnist 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 Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.

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