Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Book Review and Commentary: Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

If you’re like me, you’ve started going green, but you know you could do more. Read Thomas L. Friedman’s new book Hot, Flat and Crowded (Why We Need A Green Revolution- And How It Can Renew America), $27.95, and I guarantee you’ll be motivated!

Hot, Flat and Crowded is a shocking but good read. Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, has a great way of explaining some pretty complicated issues to a popular audience without dumbing it down. I can’t count how many times I stopped to think, wow, I get it now! The good news is that this book isn’t just alarming, it’s a call to action. Friedman compares a new Green Revolution to the Space Race in the 1960’s, and suggests we commit to the climate/resource crisis with the same creative and scientific energy that we did in our quest to put a man on the moon.

This book will probably motivate you to go greener faster. I’ve noticed that Glen Ellyn folks are starting to go green, and that life in our little village is starting to change. We’re making the conscious effort to buy local. We’re shopping at the farmer’s market, and we’re toting around reusable bags. You’ll notice that The Bookstore will be reducing paper and going more electronic in the months ahead. Look for us on this blog and on our website at We’re gearing up to shift many of our newsletters from paper to e-mail. So we’re getting there, but we have a long way to go.

A Green Revolution has to start at home. This book is a great place to start! Buy one for yourself, one for a friend, and one for your favorite politician. Suggest it for your next book club selection. Then let’s get out there and save the earth, one little village at a time!

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