Monday, January 15, 2007

My Present Has Arrived

Thanks to Wikimu, i have received a present of the latest book of The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded]: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (Hardcover) by Thomas L. Friedman. The front cover is not the same as i seen in Wikipedia (maybe because the image uploaded in Wikipedia is the original 1st cover and what i got is the latest version). The book was sent last Friday, but i just received it today.

Here's some history of this book from Wikipedia:
The book was first published with a jacket that bore a painting, called "I Told You So", depicting a sailing vessel falling off the edge of the world. The week the book came out it was learned that the publisher had not obtained the artist's permission to use the painting. Farrar, Straus and Giroux printed a new cover using an image of the earth literally flattened like a coin from the Corbis stock photography library. In an interesting twist, because the book had rocketed to the top of the nonfiction New York Times Best Seller list, the new cover also includes the text "National Bestseller", something common for paperbacks but highly unusual for first edition hardbound covers.

Here's the overview of the book from Wikipedia:
Friedman believes the world is flat in the sense that the competitive playing fields between industrial and emerging market countries are leveling. Friedman recounts many examples in which companies in India and China are becoming part of large global complex supply chains that extend across oceans, providing everything from service representatives and X-ray interpretation to component manufacturing. He also describes how these changes are made possible through intersecting technologies, particularly the Internet.

Another book to read besides Deception Point from Dan Brown (i have read it and now i'm re-reading it again) and also The Golden Compass (originally called Northern Light) which my girlfriend bought me when i was in Jogja last year. I do like reading books, including comics and novel and sometimes i buy them for my own private collection. My sister also collects a lot of novel, mostly Agatha Christie's novel.

Here's the screenshot of the book: