“!http://static.flickr.com/58/180518747_44b8524bba_m.jpg!”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374292795/ref=amb_link_974142_2/103-4190596-3315055?n=283155 A good overview of globalization. In short, Friedman dumbs down the complex issues of globalization and makes them understandable for all. Highly recommended, especially for people who haven’t read much about globalization before. It’s reads more like a super long newspaper column than a book, but it gets the globalization message across. There is quite a bit of “criticism”:http://nypress.com/print.cfm?content_id=12841, for it goes on an on saying much the same ad nauseum, but worth while reading along with something by the likes of “Joseph Stiglitz”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_E._Stiglitz.
bq.. The World Is Flat is Thomas L. Friedman’s account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before-creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place.
…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 twenty-first 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.
p. For book reviews and more, there is always “Wikipedia”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Is_Flat.