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Thomas L. Friedman

Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times • Author, The World is Flat; That Used to Be Us

Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Tom Friedman is the writer the public looks to for the straight talk and reliable information it needs about the world — especially when events seem too menacing or complex to comprehend and policy discussions are clouded in a smokescreen of politics and posturing.

Covering many of the monumental stories of recent decades, he has won three Pulitzer Prizes. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.” Vanity Fair called him “the country’s best newspaper columnist.”

His new book, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, is That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. According to The Christian Science Monitor, “Anyone who cares about America’s future – anyone planning to vote in 2012 – ought to read this book and hear the authors’ compelling case.” That Used to Be Us debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestsellers list.

His previous book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Friedman’s The World is Flat has sold more than four million copies; Kirkus Reviews called it “simply the best book written on globalization.” His other bestsellers include Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism, The Lexus and the Olive Tree and From Beirut to Jerusalem, which serves as a basic text on the Middle East in colleges and universities nationwide and won the National Book Award.

Ranked #2 on The Wall Street Journal’s list of “influential business thinkers,” named to the 2011 Thinkers50, and considered one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, Friedman is a frequent guest on programs such as Meet The Press, Morning Joe and Charlie Rose. His TV documentaries, Searching for the Roots of 9/11, The Other Side of Outsourcing and Addicted to Oil, have aired on the Discovery Channel. In awarding Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize (the 2002 award for Distinguished Commentary), the Pulitzer Board cited his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.”

TOPICS

  • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
  • The World is Flat
  • Democracy and Energy – The View from Tahrir Square
  • The Global Economy & American Foreign Policy
  • Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America
  • The Middle East: An Update on Changing Events
  • The World in an Age of Terrorism
  • The Next Phase of Globalization

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