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The Lexus and the Olive Tree - Understanding Globalization

Thomas L. Friedman

As the Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has traveled to the four corners of the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life -- peasants in the Amazon rain forest, new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Islamic students in Teheran, and the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Now Friedman has drawn on his years on the road to produce an engrossing and original look at the new international system that, more than anything else, is shaping world affairs today: globalization. His argument can be summarized quite simply. Globalization is not just a phenomenon and not just a passing trend. It is the international system that replaced the Cold War system. Globalization is the integration of capital, technology and information across national borders, in a way that is creating a single global market and to some degree, a global village. You cannot understand the morning news or know where to invest you money or think about where the world is going unless you understand this new system, which is influencing the domestic policies and international relations of virtually every country in the world today. And once you do understand the world as Friedman explains it, you'll never look at it quite the same way again. Using original terms and concepts -- from "The Electronic Herd" to "DOScapital 6.0" -- Friedman shows us how to see this new system. With vivid stories, he dramatizes the conflict of "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" -- the tension between the globalization system and ancient forms of culture, geography, tradition and community -- and spells out what we all need to do to keep this system in balance. Finding the proper balance between the Lexus and the olive tree is the great drama of the globilization era, and the ultimate theme of Friedman's challenging, provocative book -- essential listening for all who care about how the world really works.

As the Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has traveled to the four corners of the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life -- peasants in the Amazon rain forest, new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Islamic students in Teheran, and the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Now Friedman has drawn on his years on the road to produce an engrossing and original look at the new international system that, more than anything else, is shaping world affairs today: globalization. His argument can be summarized quite simply. Globalization is not just a phenomenon and not just a passing trend. It is the international system that replaced the Cold War system. Globalization is the integration of capital, technology and information across national borders, in a way that is creating a single global market and to some degree, a global village. You cannot understand the morning news or know where to invest you money or think about where the world is going unless you understand this new system, which is influencing the domestic policies and international relations of virtually every country in the world today. And once you do understand the world as Friedman explains it, you'll never look at it quite the same way again. Using original terms and concepts -- from "The Electronic Herd" to "DOScapital 6.0" -- Friedman shows us how to see this new system. With vivid stories, he dramatizes the conflict of "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" -- the tension between the globalization system and ancient forms of culture, geography, tradition and community -- and spells out what we all need to do to keep this system in balance. Finding the proper balance between the Lexus and the olive tree is the great drama of the globilization era, and the ultimate theme of Friedman's challenging, provocative book -- essential listening for all who care about how the world really works.
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Economics

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As the Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has traveled to the four corners of the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life -- peasants in the Amazon rain forest, new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Islamic students in Teheran, and the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Now Friedman has drawn on his years on the road to produce an engrossing and original look at the new international system that, more than anything else, is shaping world affairs today: globalization. His argument can be summarized quite simply. Globalization is not just a phenomenon and not just a passing trend. It is the international system that replaced the Cold War system. Globalization is the integration of capital, technology and information across national borders, in a way that is creating a single global market and to some degree, a global village. You cannot understand the morning news or know where to invest you money or think about where the world is going unless you understand this new system, which is influencing the domestic policies and international relations of virtually every country in the world today. And once you do understand the world as Friedman explains it, you'll never look at it quite the same way again. Using original terms and concepts -- from "The Electronic Herd" to "DOScapital 6.0" -- Friedman shows us how to see this new system. With vivid stories, he dramatizes the conflict of "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" -- the tension between the globalization system and ancient forms of culture, geography, tradition and community -- and spells out what we all need to do to keep this system in balance. Finding the proper balance between the Lexus and the olive tree is the great drama of the globilization era, and the ultimate theme of Friedman's challenging, provocative book -- essential listening for all who care about how the world really works.

Language:

English

Length:

23h 2m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

29:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

29:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

24:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

29:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

26:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

29:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

25:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

26:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

29:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

29:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

26:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

28:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

28:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

19:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

21:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

26:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

19:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

23:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

25:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

29:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

22:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

27:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

19:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

11:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

16:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

27:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

22:19


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

18:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

27:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:47