Friday, June 26, 2009

Book of the Month: Hot, Flat and Crowded


Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Friedman mapped the level economic playing field created by digital technology and global free-market capitalism in The World Is Flat (2005). He now adds two crucial elements to his galvanizing analysis of the state of the world: climate change and the population explosion. We’re trapped in a catastrophic vicious circle: burning fossil fuels accelerates global warming as the human population increases and the global economy grows, so, too, does oil consumption. Add the malevolence of mega-rich “petrodictatorships” and America’s precipitous decline, and the need for change is urgent. Backed by flotillas of facts and observations gathered on his investigative journeys to the Middle East, China, India, and beyond, Friedman is lashing in his critique of America’s failure to face energy and climate realities. Yet his belief in America’s capacity for innovation inspires his call for “Code Green,” a concerted effort to take the lead in developing “clean power and energy-efficiency systems” and preserving the natural world. Fluent in business, politics, and science, Friedman cogently explains the complex challenges we face, reminds us of our adaptability, and defines environmentalism as the key to peace and democracy. Friedman’s big, passionate, and solidly specific ecological primer, social manifesto, and realistic plan for a green revolution aimed at restoring America’s greatness and securing a sustainable future should serve as a playbook for innovators and civic leaders. Copyright 2009 Booklist

Title: Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Call number: GE197 .F76 2008

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