Listening to The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century has become my favorite commuting pastime -- more engaging and educational than (gasp!) even National Public Radio.
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In his latest book, New York Times columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman delivers "a few big thoughts explaining everything." As one chief security officer told me recently, "It's a more important IT book than most IT books."
Friedman's storytelling is so fluid and his pacing so beautifully crafted that listening to the book seems more thought-provoking than skimming its pages might be. His basic premise revolves around 10 major "flatteners" -- political and technological events that have occurred since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. They put outsourcing and globalization into a cohesive historical perspective and provide a framework for understanding how our world and our future have been forever altered.
(Audio Renaissance, $59.95, 15 CDs [19 hours], read by Oliver Wyman. )