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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas L. Friedman Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781427204592
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Thomas L. Friedman's no. 1 bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way. Now Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy—both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

Friedman proposes that an ambitious national strategy— which he calls "Geo-Greenism"—is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating; it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure.

As in The World Is Flat, he explains a new era—the Energy-Climate era—through an illuminating account of recent events. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet (which brought 3 billion new consumers onto the world stage) have combined to bring climate and energy issues to Main Street. But they have not gone very far down Main Street; the much-touted "green revolution" has hardly begun. With all that in mind, Friedman sets out the clean-technology breakthroughs we, and the world, will need; he shows that the ET (Energy Technology) revolution will be both transformative and disruptive; and he explains why America must lead this revolution—with the first Green President and a Green New Deal, spurred by the Greenest Generation.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman—fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the world we live in today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At the intersection of leveled economic and technological access (flat) with an aggravated environment (hot), and a surging population (crowded), Friedman stands upon his pulpit as preacher, prophet, and promoter of a green revolution starting in the United States. He provides an exhaustive, impressive, and convincing argument about the need for the United States to transition to more sustainable systems of energy soon or else risk any possible chance of maintaining hegemony. His ability to identify and summarize succinctly the issues and controversies over resistance to a green revolution is matched by his clear and definitive solutions to these forthcoming problems. Oliver Wyman provides a congenial and gentle voice that works well with the text.... He navigates the quoted text of this book with a distinguishing voice that sometimes hints at personality traits not referred to in the text. Impressively, Wyman keeps his consistency of cadence and tone throughout the entire reading. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded is a cri de Coeur, an impassioned appeal, read with equal zeal by Oliver Wyman…Cogent, persuasive, fascinating in its scope, Friedman's call to arms will make you ask what kind of America you want for yourself and your children. BookPage, Sukey's favorite
  • Narrator Oliver Wyman does a superb job...The audiobook technology that enables us to take in so much information while caught in traffic or scrubbing a pan is precisely the sort of handhold Friedman would urge us all to grasp, and with both hands. AudioFile on The World is Flat
  • [This book's] insight is true and deeply important.... The metaphor of a flat world, used by Friedman to describe the next phase of globalization, is ingenious.... [His method] works in making complicated ideas accessible. The New York Times Book Review on The World is Flat
  • This book showcases Friedman's gift for lucid dissections of abstruse economic phenomena, his teacher's head, his preacher's heart, his genius for trend-spotting. The Washington Post on The World is Flat
  • No one today chronicles global shifts in simple and practical terms quite like Friedman. He plucks insights from his travels and the published press that can leave you spinning like a top. The Christian Science Monitor on The World is Flat
  • Wyman successfully faces the difficult demands of conveying Friedman's concerns while maintaining listener interest in the information-rich text. His youthful, conversational delivery is engaging and, in fact, seems to subtly echo Friedman's own speech patterns. Booklist on The World is Flat

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Top 10 Editor's Picks: Audiobooks, 2008
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for NYT Outstanding Books of the Year, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for National MS Society Books for a Better Life Award Finalist, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for AudioFile Best Voices, 2008
  • Winner of iTunes Best Audiobooks, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for AudioFile Best Audiobooks, 2008
  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, 2008
  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best Audios of the Year, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Athman | 5/12/2011

    " I very enlightening book on global issues and geopolitics but more so on the nitty gritty of the climate chnage debate and way forward! Thumbs Up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 5/9/2011

    " The world is more connected than ever. Read this book to understand the changes the world is undergoing. The information will allow you to be more prepared for whats to come. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " Book is muddled. Friedman spends a lot of time talking out of both sides of his mouth but only presenting one side of the debate. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 5/5/2011

    " Friedman is a great columnist, but difficult to digest in large doses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 4/21/2011

    " This book presents Friedman's analysis of the current state of the world, how climate change, growing populations, and limited fossil fuels are presenting a triple whammy to the status quo, and how the only way forward is with green technologies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 4/1/2011

    " Now that version 2.0 of the book is out, I decided I'd better read version 1.0. Then I'll read 2.0 to find out the ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 3/20/2011

    " I loved this book...intriguing and relevant subject matter with lots of current data and examples...at times inspiring and times depressing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedjoyce | 3/18/2011

    " Would have been great if it was less political and if he got off his soapbox less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 3/10/2011

    " NON-FICTION - Brilliant book by Thomas L Friedman discussing current world political strategies. Quite an eye opener! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PJ | 3/5/2011

    " Breathtaking in scope, highly persuasive. Friedman once again demonstrates his uncanny ability to connect the dots on wide range of issues. Great introduction to the field for novices, also valuable for experts. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work with the New York Times as a foreign affairs columnist. Popular with a large range of readers, his book Hot, Flat, and Crowded was an international bestseller. He is also the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Longitudes and Attitudes, and The World Is Flat. He currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.