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When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004," what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world's two biggest nations and giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalization? And with this "flattening" of the globe, which requires us to run faster in order to stay in place, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner?
In his brilliant new book, the award winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman demystifies this brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes.