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In this brilliant book, an award-winning New York Times columnist explains how the flattening--i.e., connectedness--of the world happened at the dawn of the 21st century, what it means to the global economy, and how governments and societies must adapt.


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  • Broché: 660 pages
  • Editeur : Picador USA; Édition : Upd Exp (30 juin 2007)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0312425074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312425074
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,9 x 3,1 x 20,8 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Romur TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 26 avril 2014
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Un livre pour comprendre le monde moderne post Mur de Berlin, pour comprendre la nouvelle économie numérique, pour réfléchir aux opportunités et aux menaces qui nous guettent et guettent nos enfants dans cet univers.
Le lecteur européen se sentira frustré par cet ouvrage trop américano-centrique (on peut sauter le chapitre 9), qui n’évoque parmi les pays étrangers que les pays en voie de développement, à commencer par ceux qui menacent la domination américaine comme l’Inde et la Chine. Quelques remarques par ci par là viennent souligner le mépris, ou du moins le désintérêt, de l’auteur pour la « vieille Europe ».

Le livre mérite tout de même d’être lu pour deux raisons majeures :
En dépit d’un optimisme revendiqué, Th Friedman est parfaitement lucide sur les ambiguïtés (chap 4)et les risques de ce monde nouveau, sur son côté parfois destructif au niveau local et au niveau individuel (chap 14), sur l’insécurité qu’il engendre. Son analyse n’en a que plus de force.
La deuxième raison est que Th Friedman ne se contente pas d’une analyse des faits, il prend aussi le risque d’une réflexion sur les adaptations nécessaires au niveau individuel et collectif pour réussir dans ce monde ouvert et plat, et d’un diagnostic sévère sur nos faiblesses. Je dis « nos » car l’Europe et la France peuvent aisément se reconnaître dans les chapitres 7 et 8 qui sont plutôt destinés à un public américain.
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Très bon livre, très intéressant. Ce livre est bien écrit et est à la portée de tout le monde (enfin de tous ceux qui parlent un petit peu anglais). La lecture de ce livre permet une meilleure compréhension du monde "3.0", du monde actuel.
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2 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Karina Bieniek le 22 décembre 2007
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He's a clever writer, easy to read, and I had to give him credit recently for coming out strongly in favor of reducing U.S. dependency on oil imports. He blasted the oilheads of the Bush Administration for failing to exercise leadership on the issue, and their preference for drilling in ANWR and destroying Social Security instead of raising the CAFE standard (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and pushing the all-out development of renewable energy. So I'll give him two stars instead of one. But unfortunately on his favorite topic of globalization, Friedman is only clever, not wise. He is an apologist for TINA, the fatalistic view that There Is No Alternative to the power of global capital, and he has persistently attacked the global justice movement. The Achilles Heel in his blinkered analysis is the environment11 I would also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!
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This book will make you think about today's most important topic 12 septembre 2007
Par A Reader from Chicago - Publié sur Amazon.com
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No doubt, Friedman will get you thinking.

You may end up thinking Friedman has really informed you on what this grand notion of "globalization" is all about. His book has reached millions, including leaders in business government and education, many who now feel fully informed on the subject.

But, just stop to consider his "base assumptions," the 10 so-called flatteners. Most aren't new at all and some fundamental flatteners such as containerized shipping aren't mentioned at all (see The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger). (nevermind the consequences when the end of cheap eneregy flattens the global logistics routes)

So, go ahead and read this book, but when you are finished, and especially if you are awed, I'd suggest you consider reading Aronica and Ramdoo's critical analysis of Friedman's book. It just could make you "think again," even about those so-called 10 flatteners.

The World Is Flat?: A Critical Analysis of New York Times Bestseller by Thomas Friedman

Aronica and Ramdoo will also point you to the true thought leaders on globalization, and summarize their take on Friedman's book: Stiglitz (Nobel Prize in economics), Baghwati(Columbia Professor), Prestowitz (Presidential Trade Advisor), Lemer (UCLA Professor), Ghemawat (Harvard Professor), Roach (Chief Economist at Morgan Stanley), Palast (Investigative Reporter, UK)and others.

So, thank Friedman for an entertaining read, and using his status as a celebrity pundit for making us all aware of the great reorganization the world is going through. But, please don't stop there, for there is far more to the unfolding story of globalization, and all of us are being affected.
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Long winded, very very long winded 21 octobre 2008
Par M. Rowell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am surprised by how many reviewers described this book as "well written." I found it extremely wordy. The content to word ratio here is extremely low. The ideas in this book could have (and should have) been expressed in 150 pages or less. Instead Friedman drones on for close to 600 pages. The extreme length would have been justified if the book had gone into detail about certain topics or provided more rigorous analysis of different points of view. Instead its 600 pages of high level fluff. Does anyone really need a 600 page tome to tell them we are doing a lot of business with India? Is making a point concisely a lost art? Was Friedman paid by the word? Can I find an Indian gentleman to write me an executive summary of this leviathan?
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Disappointing 1 avril 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I picked up this book without reading any reviews on it hoping that I would get a neutral view and take on the phenomena of globalization. Now I wish I hadn't and I really wish Thomas Friedman hadn't "expanded and updated" the book - twice.

As I wanted to read a neutral book, I will give as neutral a review as possible.

His writing is engrossing, no doubt, and he makes very solid (while very obvious) points about what, who, and how globalization came to be and continues to advance. Within the first 300 pages or so, I really didn't take away anything new except a few of his personal delightful stories to use as examples of his points.

And then . . . came in the non-neutrality. He began making statements about Bush and other things that just leave a bad taste your mouth. Within the rest of the context of the book it seemed like he really didn't have to go into political scuttlebut. Typically it seems journalists have more credibility when they do not do as he did. Also, he points out some examples of (obvious) problems, but lots of his suggested solutions seem unrealistic; which is probably why I have still yet to see any of them come to be used. Some suggestions and prose were good, but the bad outweighed them.

Many times I found myself reading the same points over and over again in the same section. It seemed to me that he would grind many of them in so much and really drag on many of the chapters or sections that did not need to be as long to get the point across. An example of this (and I don't have the book right in front of me to point out the page numbers) is when he even uses the same word over 12 times in 2 1/2 pages to describe something. Not very flattering and it made the sentence structure hard to follow through.

At one point he uses Ireland as an example of the best country in a "reform retail" (a stage of economy used to boost economies in globalization) continuously refering to Ireland's economic stature to prove this. His 3.0 version was published in 2007. Ireland declared bankputcy in 2008 and was bailed out by the EU and IMF by 2010. I thought to myself "Really? You used Ireland as a prime example of what to do in a globalizing economy? If anything you should republish your book 4.0 and ommit a good portion of it." I was so profoundly moved by this rediculousness that I sent an email to him through the New York Times asking him his take on Irelands situation now . . . I have yet to receive a response.

Overall, his personal accounts about globalization are entertaining in a fun-fact sort of way, but his old news, horrid latter half of the book, and failure to really tie certain factors of globalization together overtake the rest of what he writes. Again, I think it would have been better off without the "3.0 expanded and updated" and he really should have left out obvious political innuendo.
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Terribly overrated 24 février 2011
Par Ken - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have lost count of how many times professors at my university recommended I read this book. Everyone I had spoken to who'd read it marveled at how enlightening it was.
I have to disagree. Although there were interesting concepts illuminated in this book, whenever Friedman would explore a concept I was familiar with, he would do so with incredible oversimplification and sometimes even gross inaccuracy. Others have described this book as well-written. While Friedman seems to be a competent writer, he also seems to use derivatives of the word "flat" as many times as he can find excuse for. He may have been trying to coin a new catch phrase of some sort but ultimately it was very frustrating that you cannot read four lines with the word, "flat", "flatten", "flattener" (not a real word?), or "flattening".
Skim this book to find interesting topics, read other books for actual information.
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Friedman missed the key point 1 octobre 2007
Par Christopher Noble - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Friedman relies on personal anecdotes to generalize about a complex topic. His anecdotes are heavily biased, since he hangs around with captains of industry, who are big beneficiaries of laissez-faire globalization. He even justifies his approach with this quote: "One example is worth a thousand theories." Well, this topic is much too complex for such an approach. He is an entertaining (if very repetitive and self-absorbed) raconteur, but he misses the forest by spending over 600 pages congratulating himself for climbing a few low-hanging branches in the most obvious trees.

It is a mark of Friedman's approach and personality that he dates the beginning of "Flat World" phenomena to a few years ago, when he discovered them. He seems blissfully unaware of the long history of globalization. A few examples: 200 years ago, before refrigeration, North American entrepreneurs destroyed the English trade in domestic ice by building insulated ships and shipping New England ice to London (and even Calcutta); cheap water power and cotton in the US destroyed the British weaving trades 50 years later; 500 years ago, the takeover of Peruvian silver mines by Spanish entrepreneurs bankrupted silver production in Spain; there are countless examples of the effects of globalization from the Roman Empire's rise and fall as well (well-managed during the rise, disastrously so during the fall). Friedman's "born yesterday" myopia on this topic, and on the lessons of history, is puzzling.

Friedman glances by what is, in my mind, the central issue (e.g. the one that has the biggest impact on people): the different ways governments act and respond. He admits no expertise in economics, yet declares himself to be a Ricardian (without reflecting on the irony of a self-styled futurist relying on 200-year-old economic theory), and moves on. The rest of us, however, can learn a lot by looking at the differences and subtleties (or lack thereof) of governmental policies, a topic which is completely absent from Friedman's book. Asian countries, and to a lesser extent Western European countries, have created a regulatory environment that promotes a productive response in their own countries. Some examples:

If GM wants to sell cars in China or Europe, it is obligated to build a factory there, and transfer some of its technology to local partners. Intel has just announced that its next processor fab will be built in China; the economics of IC manufacturing is something I know quite a lot about, and labor costs are a negligible factor. Intel was forced to do this by Chinese economic policy, not by cheap Chinese labor. Ditto putting a previous Intel chip plant in Ireland when Intel started selling in volume in Europe. On the other hand, our own government has been a willing partner in the evisceration of American industrial and high-tech production. The governments of Asian and European countries shake their heads at our short-sightedness and short-term consumption greed.

I credit Friedman with making more people aware of this important topic. That earns him one star!
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