Global Warning: An Inconvenient Truth for America's Middle Class

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Business analysts challenge the myths and misconceptions in Thomas Friedman's bestseller "The World is Flat."

If you read Thomas Friedman's book, and were awed, you should read Ronald Aronica and Mtetwa Ramdoo's concise monograph, "The World is Flat?: A Critical Analysis of Thomas L. Friedman's New York Times Bestseller." Business analysts, Aronica and Ramdoo, bring clarity to many of Friedman's stories and misconceptions, and go on to explore nine key issues Friedman largely disregards or treats too lightly, including the hollowing out of America's debt-ridden middle class. In his New York Times bestseller, Friedman asserts that the international economic playing field is now more level than it has ever been. As popular as it may be, Aronica and Ramdoo assert that by what it leaves out, Friedman's book is dangerous.

"Globalization is the greatest reorganization of the world since the Industrial Revolution." Aronica and Ramdoo assert that, "The world isn't flat as a result of globalization, it's tilted in favor of unfettered global corporations that exploit cheap labor in China, Indian and beyond. Today's global corporations go to the ends of the earth to employ factory workers for 20 cents an hour and PhDs in science and technology for $20,000 a year."

Recent polls indicate that millions of Americans are preoccupied with the outsourcing of American jobs and the threat of global economic competition. Americans are reluctantly facing a shift of wealth and power to the East. Across the country, a growing number of Americans fear that they could be replaced by someone from a developing country. Globalization has become a hot topic of discussion and debate everywhere, but by what Friedman's book ignores or glosses over, it misinforms the American people and policy makers. To create a fair and balanced exploration of globalization, Aronica and Ramdoo cite the work of experts that Friedman fails to incorporate, including Nobel laureate and former Chief Economist at the World Bank, Dr. Joseph Stiglitz.

From boardrooms to classrooms to kitchen tables and water coolers, globalization has become a hot topic of discussion and debate everywhere, and now readers can now gain refreshing new insights into the topic without weeding through Friedman's almost 600 pages of grandiloquent prose and bafflegab. "It's of utmost urgency that we all learn about and prepare for total global competition. We should all read more rigorous treatments of this vital subject because globalization affects all our lives, and will be of even greater significance to our children and grandchildren," says Ramdoo.

Aronica and Ramdoo conclude by listing over twenty action items that point the way forward for America and other developed countries. They provide a comprehensive, yet concise, framework for understanding the critical issues of globalization. They paint a clear and sometimes alarming picture of the early twenty-first century landscape, and present timely information needed by governments, businesses, and individuals everywhere.

The World is Flat?: A Critical Analysis of Thomas L. Friedman's New York Times Bestseller, is published by Meghan-Kiffer Press, To set up an interview with the author for a story, please contact Ms. Scottie Jacob at (813) 251-5531.


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