Friday, March 16, 2007

Who has read "The World is Flat?"

Yesterday I received a piece of advertising email from MK Press for a book called The World is Flat? Note, this is not by Thomas Friedman. Rather, it is a critique of his book.

Part of the email read:

Thomas Friedman’s recent New York Times bestseller, The World is Flat, asserts that the international economic playing field is now more level than it has ever been. As popular as it may be, some reviewers assert that by what it leaves out, Friedman’s book is dangerous.

“The world isn’t flat as a result of globalization,” say Ronald Aronica and Mtetwa Ramdoo, business analysts and authors of a critical analysis of Friedman’s book. “Globalization is the greatest reorganization of the world since the Industrial Revolution,” says Aronica. But by what Friedman’s book ignores or glosses over, it misinforms people and policy makers.


I am interested in checking this out, as I enjoyed Friedman's book, and I would like to read this critique. Any thoughts?


TerraPraeta said...

Hey Joe --

First a disclaimer... I have not read either book.

I did see Friedman on Daily Show some time back, talking about the book (promo tour, certainly). What was said there rather disturbed me. I found Friedman to be earnest, personable, intelligent, and well meaning. But just the same, I thought he was seriously mistaken in some of his assertions. Can;t say now exactly what those were or why... so, grain of salt and all that :-)


LethalWit said...

he makes a lot of good point. Americans are becoming lazy compared to the rest of the world.