The lexus and the olive tree understanding globalization updated and expanded edition thomas l friedman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in the lexus and the olive tree friedman offers an engrossing look at the new international system that is transforming world affairs today globalization has replaced the cold war system with the integration of capital. The central metaphor of the book which gives the book its title is the lexus and the olive tree the lexus the luxury car represents globalization the olive tree stands for local concerns cultural pride and nationalism with that pairing friedman has done a very neat job of explaining world politics as they now exist. The lexus and the olive tree understanding globalization is a 1999 book by thomas l friedman that posits that the world is currently undergoing two struggles the drive for prosperity and development symbolized by the lexus ls and the desire to retain identity and traditions symbolized by the olive tree. The lexus and the olive tree is an overview of economic globalization in the post cold war era the author is thomas lfriedman who more recently wrote the bestseller the world is flat i havent read that one yet but i hope to get to it if my to read stack ever starts going down my copy of lexus is the 2000 edition im still in the habit . Newly updated and expanded edition cover originally published new york farrar straus giroux c1999 finding the proper balance between the lexus and the olive tree is the great game of globalization and the ultimate theme of friedmans challenging provocative book essential reading for all who care about how the world really works
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