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The World is Flat

The World is Flat.jpgI just completed reading The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman, and I recommend it to anyone who is literate.  This book is a fascinating look at some of the most important trends and events of the last decade.  It paints a very different picture of the future world.  While Friedman is not a doomsday author, his book is a real wake-up call.  China, India, and the developing nations of the world are embracing technology and growing at unprecedented rates.  Friedman discusses this trend and how it will change everything we are accustomed to.  There are countless points that are relevant and insightful.  My copy of the book is so filled with Dog Eared pages that it will barely shut.  Friedman basically asserts that the world as we know it is flat, in so much as all people around the globe are much better able to compete, collaborate and create world changing innovations.  He lists his 10 Forces that Flattened the world which include 11/9/89 (Fall of the Berlin Wall), the public offering of Netscape, the rise of Outsourcing, Offshoring, In-Sourcing and more.  It is an amazing book.  The 450 pages plus fly by, and you will probably find yourself wanting to re-read it again once you have made your way through it.  Friedman closes the book with a great quote.  “The most important attribute you can have is a creative imagination.”  I am very excited about the “Flat” world.  Voice your opinion on “The World is Flat” by leaving a comment below.

Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times “Foreign Affairs” columnist and author of “The World Is Flat