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Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it

While I agree with the majority of the content in this work, I struggled with Friedman's self-applauding writing style. As a scientist, I would never describe an idea as a "Law", let alone write about more than one of them.

Friedman makes a coherent argument that growth of our species will be the biggest challenge to my generation, largely in the form of energy and climate change, but also in social, political and economic forms. His thesis that America should address these concerns by innovating our way out of these problems is a theme that I resonate with particularly strong. Yet, I feel that his soapbox-ish tone detracts from the message he tries to convey. On the other hand, I recognize that in his trade, his training is to communicate to the broadest audience possible, which requires some artistic liberties in writing.

In any case, I enjoyed this work and would recommend it to others.

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