I abandoned the book after a third of its length. I was irritated by the style of the author, so journalistic, so enfatic, ... he is a journalist all right but some have a more appealing style... There is a lot of information, maybe too much. And Friedman is so convinced of being the messiah of the new american green consciousness that you really wonder. He makes good points, probably proposes good solutions, and is probably right that the United States could and should set the pace for a novel model of development. But I don't know if I will ever finish the book......Continua
The world population is increasing in a staggering fast speed that we can hardly imagine. Friedman pointed out that the world population when he was born in 1953 was 2.681 billion while the United Nations projects that there will be more than nine billion people on the planet by 2053, which means that in the author’s lifetime, the world population will more than tripled. Isn’t that scary? Also the increase will be mostly absorbed by the less developed regions, whose population is projected to rise from 5.4 billion in 2007 to 7.9 billion in 2050. In contrast, the population of the more developed regions is expected to remain largely unchanged at 1.2 billion, and would have declined. I guess that’s because people from the developed countries have more knowledge about the impact of the overcrowded planet would do to human being. So, not having babies is not necessary a selfish choice. Instead, it’s a choice made under thorough considerations.
After reading all these statistics, do you really think we need more babies in Taiwan?
The theme of this book deserves our attention. Although I don't quite agree the US is the only nation that can lead the green revolution, the discussion in the book are well-written.
By the way, the book is a bit lengthy.
Some reviewers have suggested this book should be mandatory literature for politicians, I would suggest we widen that to the whole of mankind. The book explores all the facets of climate change and what needs to be done by all of global society, together, to stave off disaster. It's a practical, realistic and sobering yet optimistic tale. If you're alive today, you should pick up and read this book....Continua