Saturday, February 26, 2011

HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED: A GIVEAWAY

 
GIVEAWAY ENDED
HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED
Why We Need a Green Revolution--
and How It Can Renew America
BY THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Thomas L. Friedman’s phenomenal number-one bestsellerThe World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way. In his brilliant, essential new book, 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.

This is a great challenge, Friedman explains, but also a great opportunity, and one that America cannot afford to miss. Not only is American leadership the key to the healing of the earth; it is also our best strategy for the renewal of America.

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.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thomas L. Friedman, a world-renowned author and journalist, joined The New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC- and oil-related news and later served as the chief diplomatic, chief White House, and international economics correspondents. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles reporting the Middle East conflict, the end of the cold war, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, international economics, and the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat. His foreign affairs column, which appears twice a week in theTimes, is syndicated to seven hundred other newspapers worldwide.

Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem (FSG, 1989), which won both the National Book Award and the Overseas Press Club Award in 1989 and was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly twelve months. From Beirut to Jerusalem has been published in more than twenty-seven languages, including Chinese and Japanese, and is now used as a basic textbook on the Middle East in many high schools and universities. Friedman also wrote The Lexus and the Olive Tree (FSG, 1999), one of the best selling business books in 1999, and the winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. It is now available in twenty languages. His last book, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued by FSG in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about September 11 as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections during his reporting on the post-September world as he traveled from Afghanistan to Israel to Europe to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. In 2005, The World Is Flat was given the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.

Friedman graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean studies and received a master's degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and has been awarded honorary degrees from several U.S. universities. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Ann, and their two daughters.

AN EXCERPT:

ONE

Where Birds Don’t Fly

"German engineering, Swiss innovation, American nothing."

Advertising slogan used on a billboard in South Africa by Daimler to promote its Smart "forfour" compact car.

In June 2004, I was visiting London with my daughter Orly, and one evening we went to see the play Billy Elliot at a theater near Victoria Station. During intermission, I was standing up, stretching my legs in the aisle next to my seat, when a stranger approached and asked me, “Are you Mr. Friedman?” When I nodded yes, he introduced himself: “My name is Emad Tinawi. I am a Syrian-American working for Booz Allen," the consulting firm. Tinawi said that while he disagreed with some of the columns I had written, particularly on the Middle East, there was one column he especially liked and still kept.

“Which one?” I asked with great curiosity.

“The one called ‘Where Birds Don’t Fly,’" he said. For a moment, I was stumped. I remembered writing that headline, but I couldn’t remember the column or the dateline.TO READ THE REST OF THIS EXCERPT, PLEASE VISIT FARRAR, STRAUS, AND GIROUX AT MACMILLAN PUBLISHING HERE.

GIVEAWAY

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OF THIS IMPORTANT BOOK TO 
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35 comments:

Meredith said...

Sounds like Florida on an August day! I think this book is needed and hope everyone reads it. I'd love to read it to find out his suggestions for saving our planet.

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debbie said...

I have watched many interviews with him, he is a very intelligent,articulate person. I think he would be really thoughtful in what he has to say about this. I would like to read this book.
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debbie said...

the hunger games trilogy
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debbie said...

his other wife
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debbie said...

reserved for the cat
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debbie said...

I learned he wanted to be a professional golfer when he was younger.
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Listener said...

I'm interested to read what Friedman has to say about how green industry can boost the economy. Most of the time we hear about how environmental laws restrict companies. I'd like to hear the opposite view.

+1 entry: I've registered in your Hunger Games Trilogy giveaway.

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Steve Capell said...

I have read a number of writings of Thomas Friedman's writings ... some I agree with and some I flatly don't agree with. I think he brings to the table some interesting concepts along with a boat load of criticism. If I am lucky enough to win this book I will read it with an open mind. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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dogwood said...

This has been on my to read list for far too long. I've enjoyed reading Mr. Friedman's reporting, and look forward to this book.

dogwood said...

Entered the Hunger Games trilogy.


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dogwood said...

From his website, I got caught up on "If not now, when".

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holdenj said...

I think it looks like a very accessible book about a subject we need to know more about. Thanks for the info and chance to win.
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holdenj said...

I entered the Hunger Games giveaway.
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holdenj said...

I entered His Other Wife.
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holdenj said...

I entered Reserved for the Cat.
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holdenj said...

I liked his website. I immediately checked out his official bio, because I thought I remembered he grew up here in MN. I was right! He grew up a few suburbs over (at a much earlier time in the 20th century than I :)) It is just outside of Minneapolis, called St. Louis Park. It's produced other famous folk, notably the Coen brothers! Thanks!
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Beachreader said...

Your review was excellent you made me want to link and read the rest of the story. I read his column, but haven't read his book.

Thank you for the giveaway.

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Tore said...

Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Pamela Keener said...

When I read the excerpt I was amazed. Birds don't fly over our Turkish embassy because it is so well guarded. How frightening and depressing is that.
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- Marybeth I. said...

I like anything green. Would LOVE to read this.

Jolee said...

Find his academic background interesting (how did he get interested in this topic?) and all the great reviews the book has received. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Jolee said...

entered Hunger Games trilogy joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Laura H. said...

Well, for starters I love the cover! I find it interesting that the author thinks that "American leadership" is the key to the "healing of the earth". Sounds quite ambitious so I'd like to read how he thinks this can be accomplished.

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Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/42421386467217408

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Laura H. said...

Already entered "His Other Wife" giveaway.

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Laura H. said...

Already entered "The Hunger Games" trilogy.

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Laura H. said...

Already entered "Reserved for the Cat" giveaway.

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Laura H. said...

From the author's website I learned that he has already won three Pulitzer Prizes.

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Laura H. said...

February FB fan bonus entry (Laura G. Henderson).

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

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Anonymous said...

I am aware of this author's work & appreciate his perspective. Thank you for your excellent review. It encourages my further interest in this......Norm, Kathryn's Man

Sarah E said...

I am very interested in the important global issues that Friedman discusses in this book.

Please enter me in the giveaway!

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

Tweet:

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Sarah E said...

Entered The Hunger Games Trilogy giveaway.

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Sarah E said...

I found it interesting that Hot, Flat, & Crowded is Friedman's fifth consecutive bestseller.

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