Hot, Flat, and Crowded


Author: Thomas L. Friedman

Title: Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 400

Geographical Setting: America, China, the world

Time Period: 20th & 21st century

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Friedman discusses America’s lack of direction and purpose post 9/11, the global environmental crisis and it’s causes and effects. He relates how the solution to America’s identity crisis and the global environmental crisis are linked together. Because the United States is a world leader, Friedman argues that we must take action to replace our wasteful practices with more efficient, innovative efforts in order to preserve the future of our blue planet.

Subject Headings: Energy policy, Global warming, Climatic changes, Energy resources, Energy conservation, Sustainable society, Population, Energy industries

Appeal: entertaining, informative, historical, environmental, scientific, liberal, rational, forward-thinking, foreboding, alarming, scholarly, well-researched, political

Three terms that best describe this book: foreboding, informative, entertaining

Relevant Fiction: Lies, Inc. by Phillip K. Dick (overpopulation, global crisis, science fiction), Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Robinson (environmental crisis, international disaster, political), The Doomsday Report by Rock Brynner (global warming, politicals, hysteria)

Relevant Nonfiction: Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability by Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon (environment, sustainability, oil industry), Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment by James Gustave Speth (environment, globalization, policy), It’s Not Easy Being Green: and Other Things to Consider by Jim Henson (entertaining, informative, grassroots).

Name: Stephen Koebel


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