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Thomas Friedman

Foreign Affairs Columnist at The New York Times. Bestselling author and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes

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Who is Thomas Friedman?

Thomas Friedman is a bestselling author and foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. Thomas Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. He has covered the most relevant stories on the international scene for The New York Times since 1981.

What can you expect from a conference with Thomas Friedman?

His extensive journalistic and literary career makes him a recognized expert on international politics, political economy and globalization, issues he discusses in his conferences, where he provides an up-to-date and understandable view of complex realities.

What has been his professional career? How has he contributed to society?

As a successful writer, he is responsible for seven New York Times bestsellers: From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Longitudes and Attitudes, The World Is Flat, Hot Flat and Crowded, That Used To Be Us (with Michael Mandelbaum) and most recently, Thank You For Being Late. In the latter, Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization, and climate change.

Friedman's The World is Flat has sold four-and-a-half million copies and won the inaugural Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2012 Friedman updated his National Book Award-winner, From Beirut to Jerusalem, adding a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and Arab/Israeli relations in a new preface and afterword.

Publications and collaborations

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. Friedman is featured in Showtime's climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, executive produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Distinctions

Thomas Friedman is a three-time winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for journalism and a recipient of the National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Friedman has been ranked number 2 on The Wall Street Journal's list of “influential business thinkers,” named to the 2011 Thinkers50 and the 2013 list of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers, and considered one of “America's Best Leaders” by US News & World Report.

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