The Lexus and The Olive Tree.
So I was about 10 years late to The Lexus and the Olive Tree party (unsurprising given that it has sat on my shelves unread for about seven years), but I still found it a fascinating and valuable read. Thomas Friedman has long been on my radar for his op-ed column in the New York Times. I find him to be a smart, insightful writer, and look forward to his take on events around the globe.
In The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Friedman addresses the tensions between “the drive for prosperity and development, symbolized by the Lexus, and the desire to retain identity and traditions, symbolized by the olive tree.” He ties together global news stories and interweaves his own experiences, and by midway through the book, I was looking at the international page totally differently. My Google friends probably wondered why I was suddenly sharing items about the Greek debt or accounting procedures in China.
And still, I considered this reading to be only a start, which is why I’m now hip-deep in Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Friedman’s most recent work about the need for a clean energy revolution.
I’m tempted to send every policymaker I know a copy of both books.