The following is a summery of Thomas L. Friedman’s book Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which originally was published on November 24, 2009. This was actually an updated version of the same book which was written in 2008. Hot, Flat, and Crowded only, at a glance, looks to be mainly a book about America’s need to go green and how it can be achieved. Further reading proves otherwise. Friedman’s book takes an depth look at all of the world’s main issues, such as global climatic disruption, the war on terrorism, and the country’s weak economy, and provides solutions that can help save both the economy and the earth at the same time. He uses a variety of personal stories, events in history, and scientific facts to portray that the world, especially America, is in need of a new green-revolution, and he uses scientific analysis to demonstrate how many of the world’s problems are interconnected with one another, such as how America’s addiction to oil pollutes the air by emitting greenhouse gases, worsens the economy by paying for imports, and, surprisingly strengthens organizations like Al-Qaeda due to their countries being main oil suppliers. Friedman sheds light about the true effects humans have on the environment, and takes a deep look into the ever controversial subject of global warming, or better defined as global climatic disruption.
This was perhaps the most well thought of, elaborate, and mind boggling piece of informative, environment related literature that I have ever read ever. I warn to those who are weak readers, or just don’t care that this is no ordinary book; it is likely to change the perception of the world’s problems of anyone that chooses to read it. To me, the writing of the book seemed biased in some areas, but objective in others, although it all portrayed the same message in a clear and understandable way. This was unlike any other green related article I have ever read and or blogged about; the near excessive amount of information in some sections of the book were almost mind-numbing, while other areas were fairly simple to understand, and Friedman’s usage of stories, both personal and not, helps give a real person point of view to the book. Before reading this, I would never have thought that so many of the world’s global issues were so interconnected, nor would I have thought that green technology could be used to enhance America’s military. Some people think that global warming is not a scientific crisis, but rather a political issue fought by Democrats and Republicans. Some people believe that fossil fuels and oil will remain abundant for years to come. There are even those who believe that “going green” will only worsen the country’s already bad economy, and that the whole idea is mere politics and not real science. The fact that this book exists proves false all the accusations made by nonbelievers; its real, and like it or not, people need to do something about it and get out of the lazy, wasteful lifestyle that too many people have grown accustomed to. There is hope though, because just as Thomas Friedman has said:
“But if we rise to this challenge, and truly become the Re-Generation– redefining green and rediscovering, reviving, and regenerating America– we, and the world, will not only survive but thrive in an age that is hot, flat, and crowded.” (Page 474)