This is an unplanned post that has suddenly become important to me. I received the new book I ordered from Amazon earlier this afternoon by Thomas Friedman. The book is called “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America”. This best seller has been generating some buzz among its readers as the popular New York Times columnist releases his follow up to his best selling book, The World is Flat.
I ordered it after a recommendation on Seth Godin’s blog and I am happy I did. Since opening the cover I have not been able to put it down. Though I am only three chapters in, I can see why this book is getting so much attention. Friedman’s raw presentation of the facts mixed with expert opinions and cutting edge thinking builds with every page. This book has the potential to be a defining book of the times, as the thoughts and ideas presented challenge the very way we live.
Yesterday I wrote about America’s potential place in the global economy, and really the mindset that we have to take on to rebuild our country and thrive again. This book hits on those points hard, with one of the main messages coming across as part warning, part challenge, and part hope. Friedman paints us as a society whose lifestyle and policies have done all but ignore and deny the biggest problem facing our planet, but as a society with the ability within to lead the way back.
His brilliant commentary on historical events and turning points that have led up to today only fuels the hopeful empowerment that he delivers page after page. As Americans, what we need to do is admit that we have all been part of the problem, then work to solve it. Don’t be so cocky as to ignore the issues, but be cocky enough to believe we can fix them. Because in the past, any time we united for a common cause, we came out on top.
This book is the most recent addition to my recommended reading page. It calls on innovation from every perspective, and a must read for anyone wishing to move this country forward.