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Q: Executive Summary of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Executive Summary of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat?
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: pcventures-ga
List Price: $4.50
Posted: 25 Apr 2005 05:32 PDT
Expires: 25 May 2005 05:32 PDT
Question ID: 513833
I think this would be a fascinating book to read, but I don't think
I'd have time to much through it.
 Has someone written an executive summary of the book, a good
distillation, that can be purchased or read for free online?

Request for Question Clarification by markj-ga on 25 Apr 2005 10:25 PDT
pcventures --

It was essentially summarized in a 6000-word article in a recent issue
of the New York Times Magazine that you can purchase for three bucks. 
Would ordering information on that be a satisfactory answer to your


Clarification of Question by pcventures-ga on 25 Apr 2005 16:45 PDT
I think that would be suitable - how can I purchase this article?
Subject: Re: Executive Summary of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat?
Answered By: markj-ga on 25 Apr 2005 17:09 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
pcventures --

This link should work to take you to the page on the New York Times's
website that will allow you to order a $2.95 download of the article:

New York Times: Abstract: It's a Flat World, After All, By Thomas L.
Friedman (NYT) 5165 words

Just scroll down the page until you to "Buy Now" box for the article.

I read the article in the April 3 edition of the New York Times
Magazine, and I can vouch for the fact that it amounts to a cogent,
well-written summary of "The World is Flat."  So that you don't have
to take my word for that, here is a link to a site that also
characterizes the article as a summary of the book: Random Gleanings: The New Flat Earth

Search Strategy:

I began at the Times's website, since I remembered the article, and I
located the ordering page by searching the Times archives for "The
World is Flat."  I then performed the following Google search to make
sure that there wasn't an obviously better choice for an "executive
summary" of the book:

"the world is flat" "new york times magazine"

I think you will find the article to be just what you need to get the
gist of the Friedman book, and it's only 5000+ words rather than the
6000 I mentioned in earlier post.

If anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before rating the answer.

pcventures-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Crikey!  Exceeded expectation! Thanks!

Subject: Re: Executive Summary of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat?
From: markj-ga on 26 Apr 2005 16:18 PDT
pcventures --

Crikey?  Anyway, thanks for the kind (I think) words, the stars and the tip.


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