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Book Review: The World is Flat By Thomas Friedman

I recently read the non-fictional book titled The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Friedman. As an extremely avid reader, this book quickly became one of my favorites. Friedman's expansive knowledge on such current events and social evolution coupled with his style of writing makes this, some what daunting book, manageable I believe for almost any reader, at least by the high school level. Now, if you are the type that loves to expand their knowledge on almost random things like reading books such as Blink, Freakonomics or even random articles such as this one, then this book is for you.

The World is Flat, focuses on the growing idea of how seamlessly easier it has became to obtain knowledge, to come into contact with our neighbors, in the city and across the ocean, so on and so forth. By even being able to come across this article, it can be assumed that you have at least enough computer literacy to understand this growing trend. What Friedman does however, is take this somewhat blurry image of this internet, of the politics today, 9/11 and basically the entirety of our short Twenty-first Century and presents in a manner that is, mind the cliché, crystal-clear.

Their seems to be an ongoing theme of a call-to-arms, a call to action throughout the book, to what he believes is necessary for the growth of civilization in general and with all of his expansive examples and extremely focused details, throughout the book, it is almost impossible to disagree.

Let's think about the title of the book, The World is Flat. The title itself is a blatant farce. However Einstein once stated "Imagination is more important than knowledge." With a bit of imagination, and bit of reading of Friedman's thoughts, you just might come to agree that the World is indeed, Flat.This article was written by Jonel Cordero, owner ofGrocerteria Networks. Submit your Articles toArticles.Grocerteria.netsharing your knowledge! or go Submit your Url to for FREE!

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Thomas Christensen

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China's emergence need not be seen as threat to U.S.: U.S. official?

(People's Daily Online, Aug 4, 2006) China's global emergence is a natural consequence of its economic growth and development and need not be seen as a threat to the United States, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

The United States welcomes the emergence of a China that is peaceful and prosperous and that actively participates in and contributes to international institutions, Thomas Christensen, deputy assistance secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said in a written testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, quoting remarks by President George W. Bush to Chinese President Hu Jintao in April.

The United States and China are working closely on the diplomatic front, engaging on an extremely broad range of issues in which the two countries have common interests, he said during a two-day hearing on China that started Thursday.

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I don't think there is a huge immediate military conflict threat, however - their economic records are superb. Ours are not. I wouldn't balance my credit card this way.

Consider the following:
US - 12 trillion GDP
8+ trillion debt
80+ billion reserves
Imports twice as much as we export = huge trade deficit

China - 8 trillion GDP
800 billion reserves
250 billion debt
Has a trade surplus

There are many many other factors to consider. But, those are some basics.

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