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Is Friedman’s Argument as Flat as the World?

The state of imbalance in the Middle East has produced numerous opinions from both sides of the political aisle. There is probably not a single industrialized nation that does not depend on the region for fuel resources. While panic ensues over the potential for rapidly rising oil prices, there is at least one columnist who offers the position that positives may come from this period of tumult.

Whether you agree or disagree, you can read Thomas L. Friedman’s column in The New York Times in which he discusses the ramifications of regime change in the region. Friedman is best known for his two bestsellers: The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century and Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America. The latter book contains some of the sentiments Friedman echoes in his piece for the Times. Friedman is among the more vocal supporters of an urgent and radical shift in America’s use of energy. If you read the Times piece, be sure to take a look at his suggestion of a fuel tax. There are many Americans who probably feel as though Friedman’s suggestion is already in effect based on current prices at the pumps.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to read either of Friendman’s best-sellers, Soundview offers in-depth Featured Book Reviews of both titles. You’ll have the chance to learn the essentials of both The World is Flat and Hot, Flat and Crowded. Whether or not some of the ideas offered by Friedman will come to pass remains to be seen, but checking out both reviews should give any executive a good working knowledge of Friedman’s ideas. You can find both featured book reviews at Soundview’s Web site Summary.com.

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Good afternoon!

I read The World is Flat, and quote it often. I’m trying to get through The Lexus and the Olive Tree now.

Tony
http://tonylamb.wordpress.com

Comment by James A. Lamb

[…] The state of imbalance in the Middle East has produced numerous opinions from both sides of the political aisle. There is probably not a single industrialized nation that does not depend on the region for fuel resources. While panic ensues over the potential for rapidly rising oil prices, there is at least one columnist who […] Soundview Executive Book Summaries […]

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