Thomas Friedman Biography
Thomas L. Friedman, a world-renowned author and journalist, joined The
New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC- and
oil-related news and later served as the chief diplomatic, chief White House,
and international economics correspondents. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner,
he has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles reporting the Middle East
conflict, the end of the cold war, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy,
international economics, and the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat. His
foreign affairs column, which appears twice a week in the Times, is
syndicated to seven hundred other newspapers worldwide.
Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem (FSG, 1989), which
won both the National Book Award and the Overseas Press Club Award in 1989 and
was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly twelve months.
From Beirut to Jerusalem has been published in more than twenty-seven
languages, including Chinese and Japanese, and is now used as a basic textbook
on the Middle East in many high schools and universities. Friedman also wrote
The Lexus and the Olive Tree (FSG, 1999), one of the best selling
business books in 1999, and the winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for
best nonfiction book on foreign policy. It is now available in twenty languages.
His last book, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September
11, issued by FSG in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about
September 11 as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections
during his reporting on the post-September world as he traveled from Afghanistan
to Israel to Europe to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. In 2005, The World Is Flat
was given the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year
Award, and Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World
Report. Friedman's other books include Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green RevolutionAnd How It Can Renew America, published in 2008.
Friedman graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in
Mediterranean studies and received a master's degree in modern Middle East
studies from Oxford. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University
and has been awarded honorary degrees from several U.S. universities. He lives
in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Ann, and their two daughters.
This biography was last updated on 08/22/2011.
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