Friday, December 12, 2008

Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman's phenomenal number-one bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way. In his brilliant, essential new book, Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of the biggest challenges we face today: America's surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11; and the global environmental crisis, which is affecting everything from food to fuel to forests. In this groundbreaking account of where we stand now, he shows us how the solutions to these two big problems are linked - how we can restore the world and revive America at the same time.

In vivid, entertaining chapters, Friedman makes it clear that the green revolution we need is like no revolution the world has seen. It will be be the biggest innovation project in American history; it will be hard, not easy; and it will change everything from what you put into your car to what you see on your electric bill. But the payoff for America will be more than just cleaner air. It will inspire Americans to something we haven't seen in a long time - nation-building in America - by summoning the intelligence, creativity, boldness, and concern for the common good that are our nation's greatest natural resources.

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

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (17 discs/20.75 hours).

This was the longest 21 hours of my life! It seemed like four times that to listen to this boring, boring book. I thought it would never end! I think I eventually went into a sort of trance whenever I listened to it after the first hour or so.

This was obviously a book for upper middle class business owners. It had no information whatsoever for the average citizen on changes he or she could make to help. It was all about business and government and massive changes in India and China.

The WASPy author is so out of touch with the average middle to lower class citizen's life and lifestyle in the US. And, he seems to want to change the US's habits in order to help the poor of other countries. He doesn't seem particularly concerned with the poor people here. Unless, of course, they're the poor black people most affected by Katrina. If you're poor and white you just don't matter to the author. Typical.

He kept blathering about raising the price of gasoline to the "true price" with a Patriot Tax to keep down consumption, but all that would really do would be to punish the poor people the most. The rich don't care how high gasoline prices go, they'll pay any price. Also, he suggested that the $1 per gallon Patriot Tax on gasoline should have been put in place on September 12th. Hello! Yeah, one day after 9/11 with the nation in turmoil you're going to slap a tax on gasoline? What an idiot!

I really don't know how to even rate this one. It was boring beyond belief and the author was so clueless about how normal people live. He seriously suggested that everyone should purchase energy efficient appliances. Hello! Everyone would if they could afford them! And why waste money replacing a perfectly good appliance? Totally clueless. In any case, I'm going to give this one five stars. I guess it would be a good book for someone, but that someone is certainly not me! I personally find the author to be a political prick and will never read crap from him again.

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆


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