The World Is Flat

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The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (2005) is a best-selling book by Thomas L. Friedman analyzing the progress of globalization with an emphasis on the early 21st century.


  • Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
    It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
    Every morning a lion wakes up.
    It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
    It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
    When the sun comes up, you better start running.
    • Attributed to an African proverb in Ch. 2, Flattener #6 (p. 137 in the 2006 edition)

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