Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Why We Need A Green Revolution-- and How It Can Renew America

Book - 2009
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In this brilliant look at why we need a green revolution, Thomas L. Friedmantakes 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.

Friedmanexplains 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 Friedmancalls Code Green.

In vivid, entertaining chapters, Friedmanmakes 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 Crowdedis classic Thomas L. Friedman: fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the challenge -- and the promise -- of the future.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition: Release 2.0 - updated and expanded
ISBN: 9781553653172
Branch Call Number: 333. 720973 FRI 2009
Characteristics: 516 p. : ill.


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May 04, 2014

Had to really force myself to finish this one. Basically Friedman repeats the title of his book on literally every page, kind of like some NLP device attempting to convince you that it is true. He outright contradicts himself in multiple places and seems to go on without any idea that he has done so. For instance: he says that if all engines were shut down tomorrow that will only drop carbon emissions by some negligible percent...and then later says that we all must pay a carbon tax for driving to work, even though he says tanker ships are the biggest polluters when it comes to burning fuel. The book is just an ivory tower jerk fest.

Aug 25, 2012

interesting, frightening and eye opening - the future may not be worth living

jlazcan Oct 21, 2011

Friedman is really milking the “flat world” metaphor from one of his previous books to make some sales through this latest offering. This book rehashes a few already obvious topics and then repeats them over and over again. It gets to the point where you realize that he may be doing this to fill up the pages. Talk about phoning one in Friedman did not even pick up the handset. This book could have been written in 20 pages, but Friedman drags it out. Don’t bother reading this book. It is a waste of time for anyone who keeps up with current events.

Aug 04, 2011

This is a wake-up call to all citizens of the world - even moreso than was Al Gore's. Bottom line, if we wish to have an inhabited planet for our children and grandchildren we need to do something now. It won't be fun. It won't be easy, but it is absolutely necessary! Short-term pain for long-term gain.

Jul 28, 2010

T. Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world's middle class though globalization have produced a planet that is "hot, flat, and crowded."

The book contains material about 'global warming' and his urging how USA can lead the world.

It is more pro-USA.

Sep 26, 2009

Equally as boring, drawn-out and preachy as Friedman's other writings but with perhaps less merit. I was surprised when Friedman quotes a talk by Severn Suzuki without mentioning that she is the daughter of David Suzuki, one of the worlds most outspoken environmentalists. Friedman uses a lot of words but still seems to miss the details. Readers would applause if Friedman realized that using the phrase "Hot, Flat and Crowded" in every paragraph is far more annoying than profound.

Nov 17, 2008

typical friedman, well thought through but too wordy

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