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									League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle
Book Group Meeting, Wed., October 21, 2009, 10:00 a.m.,
Trustees Room, Concord Free Public Library, Concord Center

Summer 2009 - A Message from LWVCC’s Book Group Leader
[NOTE: After the note below was sent to past Book Group participants in August,
Thomas Friedman’s 2008 book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” was added as a second
suggested reading option for the October meeting.]


Hi readers!

Where has the summer gone? I can’t believe that it is already August. Autumn is only just around
the corner, and the crickets will begin to sing at night in just a few days.

For our first book of the new season, I have chosen one that should be a good jumping off point
for an interesting and invigorating discussion. It is The World is Flat: A Brief History of the
Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman. This book was published to great acclaim in 2005
and was on the best sellers list for many months. It is in paperback. Friedman’s other books
include From Beirut to Jerusalem (1989), The Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999), Longitudes and
Attitudes (2002), and Hot, Flat and Crowded (2008).

Backcover blurb for the 2009 edition:

        “One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr.
        Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal,” the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in
        The New York Times reviewing The World is Flat in 2005. In this new edition, Thomas L.
        Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the
        world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he
        has been most frequently asked by parents across the country, this third edition also
        includes two new chapters – on how to be a political activist and social entrepreneur in a
        flat world; and on the more troubling question of how to manage our reputations and
        privacy in a world where we are all becoming publishers and public figures.

        The World is Flat is an essential update on globalization, its opportunities for individual
        empowerment, its achievements at lifting millions out of poverty, and its drawbacks –
        environmental, social, and political – powerfully illuminated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning
        author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree.

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Happy reading!

Anne

								
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