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The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
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May 27, 2007

it was ok
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Ay yi yi... could Thomas Friedman be more breathless, condescending and self-centered? I'm thinking probably not. I'm less interested in the path of his "flat world" epiphany than in its causes and implications -- and I found it difficult to filter his personal and naive amazement from the equation. His wanton neologisms, combined with his inordinant wordiness made the latter half of the book unreadable. Fortunately, I remembered that I'm a product of a high-end, liberal arts education, and I know how to skim... His chapter on "Glocalism" was mildly interesting, but I would have to say, having plowed through the whole book, that the gist of it is laid out completely in the introduction. No need to read further.
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message 5: by Melissa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:10AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Melissa I have a copy if you want it. I was unimpressed by it, although there were some good bits.

message 4: by Seth (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:10AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Seth Thanks. I picked up a copy when it became apparent that every administrator at St. Mark's had read it in the last year. It turns out that it was last summer's faculty summer reading. I've read bits and pieces, but need to sit down and plow through the whole thing.

message 3: by Uma (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM) (new)

Uma along the same lines -- watch this link for the same type of info, positioned to put instill fear in americans....

message 2: by Seth (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Seth Nice to see that Friedman's entire argument can be boiled down into a couple of minutes of video. I'm halfway through the book and about to walk away...

message 1: by Melissa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Melissa I was in a reading group to read it and never got through it. Walk away...just walk away

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