21 October, 2020

Wal-Mart And bin Laden

India, Self, IT, MNCs and militant Islam are the obsessions of Friedman's short history

Wal-Mart And bin Laden
Three times Pulitzer prize-winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is the author of three bestselling books on globalisation. His latest has, however, not had a particularly good press. Richard Adams writes in The Guardian: "Friedman has produced an epyllion to the glories of globalisation with only three flaws: the writing style is prolix, the author is monumentally self-obsessed, and its content has the depth of a puddle." This is, of course, a review from Europe which this book largely ignores and it is likely to find a much more positive reception in India.

The title itself, as Friedman explains, grew out of a remark by Nandan Nilekani of Infosys to the effect that globalisation is levelling the playing field for business across the world. Friedman recounts "what he is saying I thought is that the plain field is being flattened...he is telling me that the world is flat". Indeed, few books on globalisation have devoted so many pages to Indians and to India as this one does, although for most parts this is about information technology, call centres,...



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