Thomas L. Friedman

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN’s journalism career began in 1979 as a foreign correspondent with UPI in Beirut. He joined The New York Times in 1981, holding several different positions including Beirut bureau chief, where he won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Friedman then served as The Times’s Jerusalem bureau chief where he earned a second Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1988 and was also granted a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship to write a book about the Middle East. The book, FROM BEIRUT TO JERUSALEM, won the 1989 National Book Award for nonfiction and the 1989 Overseas Press Club Award for the best book on foreign policy. In 1989, Friedman became The Times’s chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C., and in 1995, he took over the foreign affairs column. His book, THE LEXUS AND THE OLIVE TREE: UNDERSTANDING GLOBALIZATION, won the Overseas Press Club Award for best book on foreign policy in 2000. For his columns during the aftermath of 9/11, Friedman was awarded a third Pulitzer Prize—the 2002 award for distinguished commentary. In 2002 he published a collection of those columns as LONGITUDES AND ATTITUDES: EXPLORING THE WORLD AFTER SEPTEMBER 11. Friedman’s fourth book, THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, received the inaugural Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in November 2005. Friedman was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. His most recent books include HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED: WHY WE NEED A GREEN REVOLUTION—AND HOW IT CAN RENEW AMERICA; THAT USED TO BE US: HOW AMERICA FELL BEHIND IN THE WORLD IT INVENTED AND HOW WE CAN COME BACK; and THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS.

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