August 21, 2008
Wired Magazine doesn't review books in depth that often, so I was surprised that they were the first (that I've seen) to review Thomas Friedman's upcoming book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can Renew America. It is reviewed by Garret M. Graff, author of The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House.
Friedman tells the story of a Marine Corps general in Iraq who requested solar panels to power his bases. Asked why, he explained that he wanted to win his region by "out-greening al Qaeda." Instead of trucking in gas from Kuwait at $20 a gallon--money that fuels oppressive petro-dictatorships--in convoys that are vulnerable to roadside bombs, why not beat the insurgents by taking away their targets and their funding?Also reviewed in this issue, and given four whole pages to Friedman's one, is Neal Stephenson's Anathem. Anathem is not a business book--it's a 960 page powerhouse of science-fiction. If you love good science-fiction, however--or just really good writing--our sister company's book buyer tells me it gets no better than Stephenson. It will be the next non-business book I read. If you missed the links above, links to the reviews are below. Hot, Flat and Crowded Anathem