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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas L. Friedman Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781427204615
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In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman speaks to America’s urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America.

Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a dangerously unstable planet—one that is “hot, flat, and crowded.” In this Release 2.0 edition, he also shows how the very habits that led us to ravage the natural world led to the meltdown of the financial markets and the Great Recession. The challenge of a sustainable way of life presents the United States with an opportunity not only to rebuild its economy, but to lead the world in radically innovating toward cleaner energy. And it could inspire Americans to something we haven't seen in a long time—nation-building in America—by summoning the intelligence, creativity, and concern for the common good that are our greatest national resources.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman: fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the challenge—and the promise—of the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/16/2014

    " Not gonna lie-- I didn't get past page 200. The first half outlines how we're screwing up the planet and the second half is comprised of Friedman's ideas on how to fix it. While I agree with him that we need major institutional change in order to reverse the damage we've been inflicting on the planet, I didn't have the heart to keep going. Sorry, Tom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 2/15/2014

    " audio book, cool...some parts were great...other parts were not so great...like when his writing is focused on motivating the u.s. otherwise, great information, definitely will use in class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela2932 | 2/13/2014

    " Very similiar to his The World is Flat, but it draws you in, and his views of the world tend to be quite insightful. This book, like his previous one, is very information-dense, but he has a way of presenting information in such a way that I often felt like I was being pulled into a novel, and wanted to see how everything is going to turn out! But it's OUR novel, it's the story of us on our planet, and although much of what he portrays is dire, he does highlight some ways in which our actions can make a difference in the world. I tend to like "gloom and doom aplocalyptic books" when they are just fiction. I greatly appreciate when non-fiction "gloom and doom" is soundly factual and at least hints at the potential for improving the situation. After reading this book, I tried to talk many friends into reading it, just for his ideas on renewable energy alone. I suspect the thickness of his book intimidates, but hearing him speak in the media, or listening to this book on audio-tape is quite pleasurabele and the subject is completely engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 2/12/2014

    " the world is going to hate us very soon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/5/2014

    " Hard to feel optomistic but there may be hope. At least this book gives you enough for a cocktail conversation about what is wrong with the planet and the energy debate today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kappy | 1/26/2014

    " Excellent ideas but somewhat repetitive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/21/2014

    " As I grow older I seem to become more liberal and am often perplexed by my conservative friends reactions. But, this book reminds me of the liberals in the dark that scares my friends. What Friedman outlines is to my understanding valid, but his lack of empathy with people caught up in the existing economies leaves him sounding, as baby others have commented, preachy. I think his drive for change is correct, but his seeming utopian call for revolution is too polarizing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/13/2014

    " I thought this book was even better than The World is Flat. Friedman makes a good case for green businesses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June | 1/13/2014

    " Fantastic book, every american should read this. Learned much about globalization, going green and foreign affairs. Learned a lot about China and India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 1/1/2014

    " Must read. Friedman covers a bold amount of material here, and it's all valuable reading for today's geopolitics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.E. | 12/16/2013

    " Not the shattering insights I was led to expect from hype. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 11/30/2013

    " way too depressing and way too detailed. I got somewhere over half way through and put it aside "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 11/29/2013

    " Having two degrees in the atmospheric sciences made me lose a little respect for Friedman. He failed to properly assess climate change, present it in a scientific manner, or propose the simplest solution to the climate problem(which is to make women quit having children). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 11/29/2013

    " An amazing book. The ramifications of "hot, flat, and crowded" are more far-reaching than I knew. Perhaps the book is a little more detailed than I needed, but if what he documented is true, even by half, the planet is in trouble. Europe's will to address the problems puts us to shame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dean P. | 7/27/2013

    " A good, academic look at geopolitical affairs and the relation between, people, politics and the environment. At times a bit bulky, but a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emillam | 7/15/2013

    " Excellent as all of Thomas Friedman's books are...a must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reesha | 9/24/2012

    " This man is a terrible writer. I've seen him speak on television, he's an engaging speaker and has some great points and ideas, but he writes exactly as he speaks and it's a fight to get through the pages... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 8/26/2012

    " A bit of a slog to get through, but very thought provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/28/2011

    " Almost as good as the World is Flat...does give great insight into the environmental movement in the US and world... also I learned alot about the different kinds of Islam..... very important to understand these days. I'm hoping Obama has read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indah Threez Lestari | 7/20/2011

    " 1035th - 2011 "

  • 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 seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.