Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Hot, Flat, and Crowded
September 10, 2008, 4:45 PM
Filed under: Strategic Management

Today’s blog title almost sounds like a description of a bad day on mass transit — well, maybe except for the flat part.  In reality, it is actually the title for Thomas L. Friedman’s newest book, fully titled: Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America.

The book, due out early this month, follows Friedman’s immensely popular bestseller The World Is Flat.  According to Friedman, growing world populations, the expansion of the middle class due to globalization, and global warming have led to the world becoming “hot, flat and crowded.”  Friedman already feels the planet is in some rough shape, and according to him, it’s up to the U.S. to step in with a strategy for conservation and clean and efficient energy — a strategy he calls “Code Green.”

I am definitely in interested in seeing what Mr. Friedman has to say about the U.S. stepping up to the forefront of a “green revolution,” but like everyone else I’ll have to wait a few weeks until I can get a hold of the book. Until then, check out his Web site for more information on the book and the Pulitzer Prize winning author.


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