check if the world is flat, you have to ascend to higher grounds.
enlarge your horizon when you step on other people's shoulders; that
is, if you do the right shoulder selection.
is not a book, it is book-product: the volume is not determined by
the subject’s credibility and author’s capability but the
publisher’s target price for a hardcover book-product. I bet that
the order was placed for 500 pages, and it was missed by only 4
pages. The order resulted in a huge pile of anecdotal examples and
opinionated evidences, banal insights and soggy metaphors,
altogether an ocean of "stories" written in the "confessional" type of reporting. There are enough
sentences for 496 pages but the thoughts in the book would not make
more than a dozen pages. And unquestionably, there is a sound value
in these thoughts. So, an essay of dozen or so pages on the same
subject (which is clusterness, not flatness), well composed, could be a "best of the year"
contender. In other words, the book is about 484 pages too long.
has to give at least some credit to the publisher: the editorial
review (printed on the book’s dust cover) trumpets the
"breathless narrative", "eye-opening story",
"catchy slogans" and "globe-hopping anecdotes";
it does not announce critical analysis, statistical tables and
graphs, or solid evidence for the arguments presented.
Thomas L. Friedman: The
World is Flat,
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
only essential requirement to see world being flat