The Lexus and Olive Tree book Summary Guide

the lexus and olive tree book study guide

The book titled, “Lexus and olive tree: understanding globalization” is written by Thomas L. Friedman. The main theme of the book is related to the concept of globalization. Globalization is the term that shows that the whole world if united on a single platform, having no or fewer differences as the flow of information and exchange of stuff between them is very easy. The book considers globalization, not as some practice or trend but Thomas L. Friedman says that Globalization is an entire international system. According to him, globalization has taken the place of the old system of cold war and the bi-polarized world under which the several rules and regulations were made, directing the people according to its own will. Presently Globalization acts as the driving force that leaves a deep impact on the on-goings of the whole world.

According to Thomas L. Friedman, political affairs, environmental issues, the world economy, and geopolitics, hence every important aspect of life is influenced by globalization making the world a place running on the rules of globalization. The aim of Friedman behind writing this book is to convey the audience about the role of globalization in transforming the global politics, economy, commerce, capital, technology, etc.  A balance between the old traditions, customs and the immense progress in the era of globalization is suggested to get maximum advancements in life.

The Lexus and Olive Tree study guide

The Lexus and Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization,” represents the thought of Friedman which he wants to convey through his book. From Lexus author meant anything that indicates the growing markets, technological advancements and developing financial institutions in the international world. It can be referred to anything that fosters nourishment, modernizes or spread prosperity. On the other hand, Olive trees symbolize anything that creates an identification of us, by locating us on the international platform. I think Thomas L. Friedman in The Lexus and Olive Tree: Understanding globalization, created such an amazing impact on the readers that in spite of it being a business directing book, a connection of it to the normal living world was felt by everybody (Friedman, 2000).

I liked the way the author conveyed the concept of globalization. I think he justified with the term globalization and explained it amazingly. As it has been stated in the book that;

“… there are some things about this new era of globalization that we’ve seen before, some things that we’ve never seen before and some things that are so new we don’t even understand them yet…”

Also, Friedman tried to explain the two concepts of globalization, indicating the modifications that were witnessed between the different eras of globalization saying;

“If the first era of globalization shrank the world from a size ‘large’ to a size ‘medium,’ this era of globalization is shrinking the world from a size ‘medium’ to a size ‘small’.”



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