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Hot Flat And Crowded [Paperback]

Thomas Friedman
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Nov. 14 2009

In this brilliant look at why we need a green revolution, Thomas L. 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.

Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world's middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is "hot, flat, and crowded." Already the earth is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously unstable. In just a few years, it will be too late to fix things -- unless the United States steps up now and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean energy, energy efficiency, and conservation that Friedman calls Code Green.

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 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 surprising common sense about the challenge -- and the promise -- of the future.

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"Friedman, a US foreign-affairs journalist who's won three Pulitzers, here examines the dual crises of climate change and competition for energy, and how the two exacerbate one another. He also proposes some changes that could save the world." (Globe & Mail 2009-11-27)

"Friedman produces cogent analyses of the most important developments of our time...A convincing case for the green revolution required to rescue us from an unsustainable course." (USA Today 2008-10-29)

"Friedman has made himself a major interpreter of the confusing world we inhabit...He gets the big issues right." (The Washington Post Book World 2008-09-07)

"A compelling manifesto that deserves a wide reading, especially by members of Congress." (The Boston Globe 2008-09-17)

"If Friedman's profile and verve take his message where it needs to be heard, into the boardrooms of America and beyond, that can only be good -- for all our sakes." (The New York Times Book Review 2008-10-03)

"Tom Friedman has done it again...He has lit upon what he might describe as another Big Idea, and, given his track record as a zeitgeist thermometer, we should all pay attention...He has a gift for weaving anecdotes and examples from around the world into his broader tapestry." (Financial Times 2008-09-13)

"Hot, Flat, and Crowded may make it official, for many, that ecology-mindedness is the character of our times...I hope everyone reads it." (The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008-09-13)

About the Author

Thomas L. Friedman was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism, and is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, winner of the National Book Award, and The World Is Flat, which received the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Hot, Flat, and Crowded, published in 2008, is a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Missing facts May 23 2011
By K. Reid
This book is a specific call to those in the United States to take early advantage of a new Green economy, which is bound to come. As such, this book is mis-titled - it is not about addressing the issues of an increasingly hot and crowded world with exponentially growing numbers of people who want to live the American dream. If it was, then Mr. Friedman would have addressed population control and, before his call for increased energy efficiency, he would have stressed the need to reduce consumption.

Instead, Mr. Friedman discusses the wonderful prospects of an efficient low emission economy where we can continue to enjoy 'growth'. And the billions-strong burgeoning middle class in China, India and in developing countries? Well they can join us as well.

You cannot talk about reducing CO2 levels without discussing the problems of exponential consumption and population growth. Mr. Friedman may implicitly believe that these are important issues but he does not seriously discuss them in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Flat Crowded Feb. 9 2011
Good story of the issues and proposed solutions, easy to read, probably pretty fair and accurate. A few contradictions here and there such as: which is preferred a strong dollar or a weak dollar, do oceans absorb CO2 (acidify) or release CO2, is regulation/evolutiuon going to help us or only revolution.
My main criticism, however, is the author's belief that only the USA can solve this problem. Generally the book is insulting to all countries other than the US. Also somewhat self aggrandizing on the author's part, " i travelled here, i was invited to speak there, i hobnobbed with this or that famous person. What US office is the author trying to get elected to?
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the point Dec 8 2010
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If not knowledgeable about the facts already, this is an eye opener. I recommend this for people looking to get inspired.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The eagle's nest brought down (Jeremiah 49:16, Obadiah 1:4) June 19 2012
By Lewis Tagliaferre - Published on Amazon.com
If the reviews indicate anything about a book, one can only assume that Mr.Friedman has been expensed and has little more to say that anyone is interested in reading. Unlike his prize winning,"The World is Flat 3.0," which garnered 211 reviews on Amazon.com, this one has been mostly ignored. I read my copy as a loaner from my son and I found it to be laborious and heavy on descriptive words with little substance...the best part may be the very first chapter. He lost my interest after that, and the second half reads like some science fiction by a high school writer. His description of the present global condition ignores many real issues facing Homo sapiens on the planet, and his forecast of the future may be imaginative but it is little else. His proposed solutions for global issues have little support among the current political powers.

It appears the author has reached the level of his "Peter Principle." You could look it up. What the publishing of a book like this does indicate to me is that publishers are just like the rest of us, doing the will of God that is set before them. By GOD, I mean the generator, operator, and destroyer of the universe. Nothing happens outside the will of God as there can be no other, and that must include the writing and reading of a book such as this as well as its underlying editorial. I give Mr. Friedman credit for investing all the hours it took to write this book but whatever other purpose is met here must be classified as Theofatalism...google it for details. Theofatalism: Theology for Agnostics and Atheists
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1.0 out of 5 stars Defective Gift Sept. 2 2011
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I purchased (and paid more) for a HARD copy of the book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded" as a gift for one of my students. Granted it was a late purchase, but to receive it with the hard cover on BACKWARDS and UPSIDE DOWN, was completely unacceptable! I did not have time to send it back, so I personally gave it to her and explained that she now had a COLLECTOR'S ITEM"! However, I was mortified and I am concerned about the lack of quality control in your organization. Not acceptable for the cost!
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