Thomas Friedman's "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" Book Review by Champ

Thomas Friedman's "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"
This paper is an extensive review of Thomas Friedman's academically acclaimed book "The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization".
# 98365 | 3,295 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper explains that the main focus of Thomas Friedman's 1999 book "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" is the idea that, because globalization is an irreversible process, the only thing left for humanity to do is to make sure that its benefits are exploited to the maximum and its shortcomings are balanced to minimize their impact. The author points out that Friedman believes that the process of globalization has been influenced by many different factors and in its turn has given rise to new theoretical and practical concepts, which will contribute to its further evolution. The paper stresses that the tendency of poor countries to reject the values promoted by the globalization process, which pressures foreign policy, is a mechanism for challenging the peaceful evolution of a global economy.

From the Paper:

"The term "new world order" represents the political expression of the changes that occurred after 1989-1991. George Bush used it to point out the reorientation of the political perspective towards a new system based on cooperation at all levels, thus erasing the entrenched definitions of "blocks", "nonaligned states" or "bipolar" international system. While this term defined the modifications that were taking place at the political level, the notion of "globalization" pointed out the new economic perspectives. Although, as Friedman argues, there was relatively nothing new about ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Friedman, Thomas. The Lexus and the olive tree: understanding globalization.London: Harper Collins, 1999.
  • Hillen, John. "What September 11 Taught Us." American Diplomacy. Vol. VII, No. 3,2002. 20 November 2006 <>
  • Yarmolinsky, Adam. "The Electronic Herd vs. the Tortoise" American Diplomacy. Vol IV, no. 4. 1999. 20 November 2006. <>

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