Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman
His analogies strike me as weak and often pointless. In one chapter he referred to an effort as the equivalent of 1,000,000 Noahs in order to stress its difficulty. Then repeatedly refered to ‘leaking arks’. The analogy had no other significance – aside from religious symbology.
His understanding of human nature seems weak at times, too. He only devotes a few pages to explaining to the green resistance why global warming is real. He seems to trivialize their position without providing any new proof of climate change.
He further goes to explain how the new technology to deal with our environemntal problems will be inevitably good for the companies, and how we will eventually pay lumber companies not to cut wood, and how concrete is bad for the environment without ever discussing what we’re oging to replace as new building materials.
He does have a lot of good information and ideas, though. But it seemed overly difficult to read this book to get to them. And I don’t feel he has provided any real insight as to how to address them. But he is avidly pronouncing that we cannot continue business as normal.
I don’t think he will reach the ears he needs to reach. Only the already-green public is likely to pick up this book.
I wrote this yesterday, upon rereading it, I feel its accurate but overly negative. I did enjoy most of the book and value the information I got out of it. Most of my complaints are about the presentation. Overall, I would prefer Al Gore’s books and writing style.