Book Review – Karma T Wangchug

The Globalized World in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas L. Friedman

Friedman starts his book by describing a journey to Bangalore, India, when he realized globalization has changed core economic concepts.

The author argues that the start of the twenty-first century will be known by all, not for wars or political events, but for a whole new age of globalization “a flattening of the world”. The explosion of advanced technologies now means that suddenly knowledge and resources have connected all over the globe, leveling the playing field, so that each of us is potentially an equal competitor of the other.

The author also highlight the events and reasons for the flattening of the world exhaustively. More importantly the measures a country needs to take in order to keep up with the pace of globalization. The book needs to be read with an open mind and fair dose of introspection. The era of the knowledge worker is fading away and we need to re-brand ourselves to succeed. Despite the greater competition, it can be far more rewarding if we position ourselves correctly.

I found this book to be a great source of inspiration and motivation. As a young civil servant I could relate the sociological and technological trends identified and discussed.

October 10th, 2019 by