Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Just finished reading the book titled “Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman, 3 time Pulitzer Prize winning writer from the New York Times. Hot, Flat and Crowded means the convergence of three forces: Global warming, Globalization (which was the topic of his last bestselling book, “The World is Flat”) and Global population growth.
Friedman believes that America must lead the green revolution in order to ensure its prosperity in the future, otherwise the consequences will be severe. With US President Obama’s focus on the environment (and the enormous challenges he and his administration will face especially with the current economic crisis and recession) and the failure of GM and Chrysler (who have been manufacturing gas guzzlers), it is certainly an interesting time and an important topic for our generation.
As with his previous book, this is really aimed at Americans (so keep this in mind if you are not American, like me). I have to admit that I had a tough time reading this book as I think he used too many long quotes and comments from other people and experts (I realize this was meant to provide some credibility) so the flow was difficult to follow. Anyway, I have to give it only 3.5 stars out of 5.