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One Economy, Ready or Not: Thomas Friedman's Jaunt Through Globalization

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The Lexus and the Olive Tree

The Lexus and the Olive Tree
By Thomas L. Friedman
Farrar, 1999, 416 pp. $27.50 Purchase

At a time when terms like "global glut" and "commodity-price deflation" are on the tip of every tongue, competent economic journalism may be the one commodity still in short supply. All too often, journalists are assigned to the economics desk even if their only experience lies in domestic politics or foreign policy. The top journalism schools claim to be turning out graduates literate in economics, but a semester or two of instruction is hardly adequate for grasping the complexity of modern markets. For their part, economists writing for a broad audience tend to get bogged down in technicalities and lose sight of the big picture.

Thomas L. Friedman is the exception. With a background in foreign affairs, two Pulitzer Prizes, and a National Book Award-winning book on the Middle East under his belt, he redefined the "Foreign Affairs" column of The New York Times by covering the intersection of economics

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