Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , |

Robin Dillow, one of our librarians has written a review of this book that appeared in Library Journal’s Online Xpress Reviews, September 22, 2008 and wants to share it with you.

Friedman, Thomas L. — Library Journal, 9/22/2008
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America. Farrar. Sept. 2008. 448p. index. ISBN 978-0-374-16685-4. $27.95. SCI

New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Friedman (The Lexus and the Olive Tree, The World is Flat) asserts that through innovation and by example America can and must exercise leadership in what he calls the new Energy-Climate era. According to Friedman, the combination of global warming, the spread of middle-class consumerism, and population growth requires a new, systemic approach to the global issues of climate change, energy indigence, and biodiversity loss. Initiative and creativity in the development of clean energy can lead to prosperity, energy independence, and the reduction of energy and economic poverty.

Friedman offers a thought- provoking, accessible look at the impact of wealth transfer from energy consuming to energy producing nations, failed policies, environmentalism, conservation, greenness, and redefining a vision for America, that should leave the reader asking questions and demanding solutions. Although some of the ideas presented aren’t new, this book is well worth the reader’s time. Friedman refers to sources throughout the text, but footnotes or endnotes would have been welcomed. Recommended for all libraries.—Robin K. Dillow

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