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.
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. )