Monday, June 30, 2008

Books: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

We've been trying to read more nonfiction literature to round out our world view, so we picked up The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. The book analyzes modern globalization and its affects on commerce, culture, and economy. Though we enjoyed the book's take on the world's future, we didn't like its treatment of social issues and urges to become oil-independent and combat global warming.

Our favorite section of the book (aside from all of the really cool anecdotes peppered in at random) was when Friedman talked about all of the different "flatteners" at work in the world. Some of the these include: Supply-chaining (streamlining sales and acquisition of goods), Netscape (the beginning of today's web-browsing), and Open-sourcing (sharing computer source code as in Wikipedia or Apache or Open Office).

Quick vote: This is an interesting read about the future of business and America's role in the globalized world. Check it out!

1 comment:

PucciniFan said...

This is a great book, especially if your any kind of a techno geek. It gives a great new perspective of the flat world which technology has delivered. Two thumbs up from Uncle Rod...great holiday fun!