Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The World is Flat or The Prince

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (Further Updated and Expanded)

Author: Thomas L Friedman

"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 3.0 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.

Table of Contents:
Introduction to the 3.0 Expanded Edition     ix
How the World Became Flat
While I Was Sleeping     3
The Ten Forces That Flattened the World     51
Work Flow Software
The Steroids
The Triple Convergence     200
The Great Sorting Out     233
America and the Flat World
America and Free Trade     263
The Untouchables     278
The Right Stuff     308
The Quiet Crisis     337
This Is Not a Test     374
Developing Countries and the Flat World
The Virgin of Guadalupe     403
Companies and the Flat World
How Companies Cope     441
You and the Flat World
Globalization of the Local     477
If It's Not Happening, It's Because You're Not Doing It     489
What Happens When We All Have Dog's Hearing?     515
Geopolitics and the Flat World
The Unflat World     533
The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention     580
Conclusion: Imagination
11/9 Versus 9/11     607
Acknowledgments     637
Index     641

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The Prince

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli

Need to seize a country? Have enemies you must destroy? In this handbook for despots and tyrants, the Renaissance statesman Machiavelli sets forth how to accomplish this and more, while avoiding the awkwardness of becoming generally hated and despised.

"Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge."

For nearly 500 years, Machiavelli's observations on Realpolitik have shocked and appalled the timid and romantic, and for many his name was equivalent to the devil's own. Yet, The Prince was the first attempt to write of the world of politics as it is, rather than sanctimoniously of how it should be, and thus The Prince remains as honest and relevant today as when Machiavelli first put quill to parchment, and warned the junior statesman to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.

What People Are Saying

John M. Najemy
I still consider Atkinson's translation of The Prince the best of the many . . . out there, especially with its extensive and extraordinarily valuable commentary. (John M. Najemy, Professor of History, Cornell University, 2007)

Mario Domandi
This edition of the The Prince has three distinct and disparate objectives: to provide a fresh and accurate translation; to analyze and find the roots of Machiavelli's thought; and to collect relevant extracts from other works by Machiavelli and some contemporaries, to be used to illuminate and explicate the text. The objectives are all reached with considerable and admirable skill. The reader senses Professor Atkinson's empathy and feeling for even the tiniest movements in Machiavelli's mind. Professor Atkinson has done a great service to students and teachers of Machiavelli, who should certainly welcome this as the most useful edition of The Prince in English. (Mario Domandi, Italica, 1978)

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