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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas L. Friedman Narrator: George K. Wilson, Thomas L. Friedman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2013 ISBN: 9781442368057
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As the Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has traveled the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life: Brazilian peasants in the Amazon rain forest, new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Islamic students in Teheran, and the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley.

Now Friedman has drawn on his years on the road to produce an engrossing and original look at globalization. Globalization, he argues, is not just a phenomenon and not just a passing trend. It is the international system that replaced the Cold War system; the new, well-greased, interconnected system: Globalization is the integration of capital, technology, and information across national borders, in a way that is creating a single global market and, to some degree, a global village. Simply put, one can’t possibly understand the morning news or one’s own investments without some grasp of the system. Just one example: During the Cold War, we reached for the hot line between the White House and the Kremlin, a symbol that we were all divided but at least the two superpowers were in charge. In the era of globalization, we reach for the Internet, a symbol that we are all connected but nobody is totally in charge.

With vivid stories and a set of original terms and concepts, Friedman offers readers remarkable access to his unique understanding of this new world order, and shows us how to see this new system. He dramatizes the conflict of “the Lexus and the olive tree,” the tension between the globalization system and ancient forces of culture, geography, tradition, and community. He also details the powerful backlash that globalization produces among those who feel brutalized by it, and he spells out what we all need to do to keep the system in balance. Finding the proper balance between the Lexus and the olive tree is the great drama of he globalization era, and the ultimate theme of Friedman’s challenging, provocative book, essential reading for all who care about how the world really works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Important…Friedman writes in straightforward language that should make globalization’s complexities comprehensible. There’s a great deal of wisdom in this book.”

    USA Today

  • “A lively mix of anecdote and analysis…Full of solid reporting…Friedman is eager, provocative, and often entertaining…Insightful.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Friedman convincingly argues that what creates wealth has suddenly changed…The Lexus and the Olive Tree makes alarmingly good sense; it educates and provokes.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Required reading…No one gives a better explanation of globalization than New York Times correspondent Thomas L. Friedman…Impressive.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1999 Cornelius Ryan Award
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About the Author
Author Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman was UPI's Beirut correspondent from 1979 to 1981. In 1982, he became the New York Times Beirut bureau chief, winning a 1983 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. In 1984, he moved to Jerusalem as the Times bureau chief, and in 1988 won a second Pulitzer Prize for reporting. He is also the author of the national bestseller The Lexus and the Olive Tree. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on this book. He lives in Washington with his family.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.