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The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
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Jul 20, 07

bookshelves: politics, non-fiction
Read in March, 2007

Anything from this guy, especially this book, needs to be reframed in terms of the realities of free-market capitalism before reading becomes a valuable exercise.

His explanation of the origins of Globalization feel about right, you could probably guess what he'll suggest as the leading causes before even cracking the cover. He of course, as a proponent, doesn't look at the side of corporate-cooperative political agents that have played a major, if not necessary role in explaining the terrors of exploitative international business; indeed he doesn't really touch on too much bad at all.

The best two things about this book: elites see it as a green light, and use it as "fantastic" support, and it's easily torn down by a junior-highschooler with only a hint of independent thought.
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