Summary of The Lexus and the Olive Tree

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One should have no illusions. The Super-Empowered Angry Men are out there, and they present the most immediate threat today to the United States.


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In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington there is a nearly universal response: "How could such a thing happen?" While it will take weeks, months or even years before that question is fully answered, journalist Thomas Friedman has taken a close look at the mindset of what he calls the "Super-Empowered Angry Men" who use terrorism as a weapon against the U.S. In describing the worldview that permits and encourages the use of violence against American civilians, Friedman identifies a scorching resentment of U.S. power, affluence and culture. This resentment has increased exponentially with globalization, which, ironically, has provided the angry men with the very tools and technology that allow them to personally strike at the U.S. After this week, there is no doubt that these men - and the violent rage that drives them - are now America’s greatest foe.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What "Super-Empowered Angry Men" are;
  • Why they are a threat to United States security; and
  • How they use the very fruits of globalization to attack the global system.


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About the Author

Thomas L. Friedman is the Foreign Affairs columnist for the New York Times He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his reporting as Times bureau chief in Beirut and Jerusalem. His first book, From Beirut to Jerusalem won the National Book Award in 1988.

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