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The World is Flat
Book Review by Thomas Friedman

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Chapter Summaries

Chapter One: While I Was Sleeping
The first chapter begins by illustrating Friedman's disclosure that the world is flat. It sets forward on his visit to Infosys Technologies Limited in India, where he go on foot with Discovery Times. Friedman is inspired by the grounds' propelled innovation, for example the glass-and-steel edifices and huge even screen Tvs. The organization's CEO, Nandan Nilekani, tells Friedman that the global competitive field seems to be leveled and that that the world is being flattened. From this, we can see that a "flat" world is one in which the "playing field" on which companies contend is presently level. It is one in which companies from different nations can compete with each other on an equivalent basis. Friedman breaks down Globalization into three (3) eras. The first is from 1492-1800, which he calls Globalization 1.0 and it shrink the world from large to medium. Its dynamic force is countries — how much physical strength your country has and how creatively you can move it into action. The second is from 1800-2000, which he calls Globalization 2.0 and creates a small world. It is about the multinational companies. As Friedman argues, we are now in the Globalization 3.0 period where in the world shrinks from small to tiny, flattening to such a degree that people can team up and contend universally. In this way, when Friedman says the world is flat, he is saying that technology has allowed companies from more and more countries of the world to compete on an equivalent premise in the worldwide economy.

Chapter Two: The Ten Forces that Flattened the World
In chapter two, Friedman argues that there are primarily ten forces that…...

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