The Lexus and the olive tree

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As the Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has traveled the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life: Brazilian peasants in the Amazon rain forest, new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Islamic students in Teheran, and the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Now Friedman has drawn on his years on the road to produce an engrossing and original look at globalization. Globalization, he argues, is not just a phenomenon and not just a passing trend. It is the international system that replaced the Cold War system; the new, well-greased, interconnected system: Globalization is the integration of capital, technology, and information across national borders, in a way that is creating a single global market and, to some degree, a global village. Simply put, one can't possibly understand the morning news or one's own investments without some grasp of this system. Just one example: During the Cold War, we reached for the hot line between the White House and the Kremlin -- a symbol that we were all divided but at least the two superpowers were in charge. In the era of globalization, we reach for the Internet -- a symbol that we are all connected but nobody is totally in charge. With vivid stories and a set of original terms and concepts, Friedman offers readers remarkable access to his unique understanding of this new world order, and shows us how to see this new system. He dramatizes the conflict of "the Lexus and the olive tree" - the tension between the globalization system and ancient forces of culture, geography, tradition, and community. He also details the powerful backlash that globalization produces among those who feel brutalized by it, and he spells out what we all need to do to keep this system in balance.
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subject_facetCapitalism -- Social aspects
Free trade
Globalization
Intercultural communication
International economic relations
Technological innovations -- Economic aspects
Technological innovations -- Social aspects
United States -- Foreign economic relations
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Economic aspects
Foreign economic relations
Free trade
Globalization
Intercultural communication
International economic relations
Social aspects
Technological innovations