I first read Thomas L. Friedman's The World is Flat about 7 years ago. The lines he drew then in our connectedness boggled my mind. I remember re-reading chapters, reading aloud to my wife and I can recount many conversations with my peers regarding some of these ideas.
There was similar conversation - and debate - when I read the book a second time for a global management course while getting my MBA. I remember being the sole student who raised my hand when the professor - after a very thorough and frightening course description to the cohort emphasizing competitiveness not only within the global market but amongst us as peers - asked us all who had read this book before.
Of course, I was then asked to give a brief description of my thoughts regarding the book to which my professor responded, "huh, interesting."