August Book-a-palooza / by Simmon Li

Finally finished The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It was a very good read, and I enjoyed it. I wasn't so keen on reading through his descriptions of the 10 flatteners, having grown up and lived in an era slightly after that revolution started. I was extremely interested in his "so what?" analysis of globalization and the "triple convergence" as he named it. (as a side note, Firefox has "glottalization" in the dictionary, but not "globalization", wtf?) The end of the book isn't as straight forward as the beginning, because he touches on issues that this "flat world" infrastructure brings up. From energy consumption to foreign policy, he covers his bases very well. The particular point I liked that he ended with is the fact that America can't let the 9/11 moment define it. That moment and some of the consequences are still playing out in this day and age, and it's something that we're dealing with. Especially with the crash of 2008, I feel it's so easy for people to become discouraged and simply give up. Very good read, I plan on starting his book Hot, Flat, and Crowded. [ed] I found out that Obama has also read Hot, Flat, and Crowded. I feel soooo cool! (( I also picked up Nineteen Eighty Four, and Animal Farm today, and I'd love to give those books a read. After that, I have A Fair Country and The End Of Food to read. Hope I get through everything before September starts, I'd hate to have to put these books on hold because school reading kicks up.