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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,448 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:
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When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, what will they say was the most crucial development in the first few years of the twenty-first century? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world's two biggest nations? And with this "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent…[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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Captivating…An enthralling read. To his great credit, Friedman embraces much of his flat world’s complexity, and his reporting brings to vibrant life some beguiling characters and trends…[The World is Flat] is also more lively, provocative, and sophisticated than the overwhelming bulk of foreign policy commentary these days. We’ve no real idea how the twenty-first century’s history will unfold, but this terrifically stimulating book will certainly inspire readers to start thinking it all through.”

    Washington Post

  • “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. Or rather, a pancake.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Friedman…nicely sums up the explosion of digital-technology advances during the past fifteen years and places the phenomenon in its global context…He never shrinks from the biggest problems and the thorniest issues.”


  • “[The World is Flat] is filled with the kind of close reporting and intimate yet accessible analysis that have been hard to come by. Add in Friedman’s winning first-person interjections and masterful use of strategic wonksterisms, and this book should end up on the front seats of quite a few Lexuses and SUVs of all stripes.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2005 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Audie Award
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean Marie Angelo | 2/20/2014

    " I liked some of these ideas--just don't love his writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by JoAnn | 2/17/2014

    " A must read! It will change how you think about the USA's position in the world. And will tell you a lot about Walmart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fred White | 2/16/2014

    " The world systems, including economic, financial, manufacturing and technological systems, are becoming more fully integrated. Thomas Friedman identified many of the ways these various systems are becoming more global in nature. The details on global integration explained in the book are staggering. We are challenged to be more globally minded or miss the really important developments already taking place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andy Chrestman | 2/15/2014

    " Great book, but the editor needs to grow some cajones and cut this thing down. As fascinating a storyteller Friedman is, the examples he used to illustrate some of his points became repetitive. Still a fascinating book from one of the most forward-thinking journalists out there. "

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