I’ve told myself many times not to buy this book – The World Is Flat. Not because the book was poorly written, but probably because I didn’t believe we need another book about how Internet changed the world.
But just before the trip to Thailand, I decided to give it a try – after all, being a book-addict, I could not leave a bookstore empty-handed 😎
So after 112 pages, what did I find ? I found that if you’re living in Asia, and if you’re working in IT / Internet industry … then, don’t buy this book, it’s probably a waste of time. In these pages, the author wrote about outsourcing industry in India and China; and then how the fall of Berlin Wall changed the world; and then same to the Internet, fiber optic cables, Netscape browser, open-source software etc. etc..
All these topics were no doubt written in a lucidly clear fashion, and the author did research a lot for the book … but hey, all these topic are old news … so old that everyone should already knew it – unless you don’t know what’s going on in Asia and Internet.
Then you will probably ask, why it’s such a hot book in U.S.A ? My view is, excuse me, many American just don’t know much about what’s going on in Asia, outsourcing, Internet and globalization … Of course, I will read the rest of the book (another 400 pages) and I may change my view of this rather well-written book. In the meantime, stay tuned.