Some people don’t like him, but I’ve always been a fan of Thomas Friedman. Like Andrew Sullivan, he’s someone with whom I don’t always agree, but I admire for being willing to explore (and sometimes change) his opinion in a public forum.
Friedman has become very well-known in China with the discussion surrounding his book The World is Flat. The concept seems to resonate with people here, and makes good dinner table conversation.
So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was in the bookstore the other day and noticed that the Chinese edition of his The Lexus and the Olive Tree has been renamed The World is Flat: The Perspective of the Lexus and the Olive Tree. Never mind that the whole concept of “the world is flat” came to him after he published “The Lexus and the Olive Tree”. I wonder if he knows about the new title.