Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

Thomas L. Friedman, read by Oliver Wyman

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Thomas L. Friedman’s no. 1 bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way. Now Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy—both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

Friedman proposes that an ambitious national strategy— which he calls “Geo-Greenism”—is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating; it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure.

As in The World Is Flat, he explains a new era—the Energy-Climate era—through an illuminating account of recent events. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet (which brought 3 billion new consumers onto the world stage) have combined to bring climate and energy issues to Main Street. But they have not gone very far down Main Street; the much-touted “green revolution” has hardly begun. With all that in mind, Friedman sets out the clean-technology breakthroughs we, and the world, will need; he shows that the ET (Energy Technology) revolution will be both transformative and disruptive; and he explains why America must lead this revolution—with the first Green President and a Green New Deal, spurred by the Greenest Generation.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman—fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the world we live in today.

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Tom Friedman Addresses Liberals and Conservatives on Environment

The author of THE WORLD IS FLAT returns with a new, essential book: HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED: WHY WE NEED A GREEN REVOLUTION--AND HOW IT CAN RENEW AMERICA. Friedman explains how by embracing green technology and clean energy, America can regain its world stature and lead the next big industry.

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Google Founders Climate Change Conversation w. Tom Friedman

A Climate Change Conversation with Google Founders, moderated by Tom Friedman, held at the World Economic Forum's Annual General Meeting in Davos, January 2008.

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Listen to an audiobook excerpt from Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman, read by Oliver Wyman. In this brillian book, Friedman takes a provocative look at two of our biggest challenges today: America’s loss of focus since 9/11 and the global environmental crisis. Learn more about the book Hot, Flat, and Crowded at Read more about author and journalist Thomas L. Friedman at

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Praise for Hot, Flat, and Crowded

"At the intersection of leveled economic and technological access (flat) with an aggravated environment (hot), and a surging population (crowded), Friedman stands upon his pulpit as preacher, prophet, and promoter of a green revolution starting in the United States. He provides an exhaustive, impressive, and convincing argument about the need for the United States to transition to more sustainable systems of energy soon or else risk any possible chance of maintaining hegemony. His ability to identify and summarize succinctly the issues and controversies over resistance to a green revolution is matched by his clear and definitive solutions to these forthcoming problems. Oliver Wyman provides a congenial and gentle voice that works well with the text.... He navigates the quoted text of this book with a distinguishing voice that sometimes hints at personality traits not referred to in the text. Impressively, Wyman keeps his consistency of cadence and tone throughout the entire reading."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Praise for The World is Flat—winner of the 2006 Audie award for best nonfiction:

“Narrator Oliver Wyman does a superb job...The audiobook technology that enables us to take in so much information while caught in traffic or scrubbing a pan is precisely the sort of handhold Friedman would urge us all to grasp, and with both hands.“
“[This book’s] insight is true and deeply important.... The metaphor of a flat world, used by Friedman to describe the next phase of globalization, is ingenious.... [His method] works in making complicated ideas accessible.”
 —The New York Times Book Review
“This book showcases Friedman’s gift for lucid dissections of abstruse economic phenomena, his teacher’s head, his preacher’s heart, his genius for trend-spotting.”  —The Washington Post
“No one today chronicles global shifts in simple and practical terms quite like Friedman. He plucks insights from his travels and the published press that can leave you spinning like a top.”
 —The Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Thomas L. Friedman, read by Oliver Wyman

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem (winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction); The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11; and The World Is Flat. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.

Thomas L. Friedman
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Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Thomas L. Friedman, read by Oliver Wyman


Audie Award Winner, AudioFile Best Audiobooks, AudioFile Best Voices, iTunes Best Audiobooks, Amazon .com Top 10 Editor's Picks: Audiobooks, New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, National MS Society Books for a Better Life Award Finalist, Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best Audios of the Year, Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category

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Macmillan Audio
September 2008
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427204615
ISBN10: 1427204616
Audio Run Time: 9:00

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September 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2008
ISBN: 9780374166854
ISBN10: 0374166854
6 x 9 inches, 448 pages, Index

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