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Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman
Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times
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Bestselling author of The World is Flat and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn't just report on events; he helps shape them.” Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. 

In his latest bestseller, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization, and climate change.

His previous New York Times bestseller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was 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 ought to read this book and hear the authors’ compelling case.” 

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.

Friedman's 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 other bestsellers include Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree, which Kirkus Reviews called “simply the best book written on globalization.”

Ranked #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, Friedman is a frequent guest on programs such as Meet The PressMorning Joe, and Charlie Rose. His TV documentaries, Searching for the Roots of 9/11The 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. 

In awarding Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer Board cited his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.”

Full Bio >
  • “The World Is Fast” — Friedman at YPO (2016)
  • America's Future: A Conversation with Bill Gates & Thomas Friedman (2012)
  • "The plumbing of the world has fundamentally changed in the last 10 years," says Friedman. (2014)
  • Friedman on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Politics, Brexit, technology, and foreign policy (2016)
  • Friedman on the Middle East (2013)
  • Thomas Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum: 2012 National Book Festival (2013)
  • Friedman on the recession (2009)
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Speaking Topics
The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology, and Geopolitics
Books & Other Works
  • Thank You For Being Late
  • The World Is Flat
  • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
  • Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in an Age of Terrorism
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“It was a magnificent performance before 1,700 students and guests that will long be remembered.”
Seton Hall University
“The most spectacularly successful event we have ever had.”
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
“What a fabulous event! As I told Tom, I get to stand on the sidelines and just soak up all the kudos from his wonderful, wonderful presentation. I was expecting intellectual and provocative -- I wasn't expecting inspirational! But he surely is. He was just great.”
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
“One word: FANTASTIC!! Everyone had such a great time, all 900 of them. Tom’s presentation was great and he signed books for an hour+ afterwards. No glitches, no snags, just really, really smooth.”
Temple Israel
“His comments on the Middle East were informed, thoughtful, remarkably balanced, and laced with good humor...He's an outstanding lecturer - one of the best we've ever presented.”
Purdue University
“From the beginning of his presentation, Tom’s warmth and humor captured everyone’s attention. By the time he was through, Tom’s perceptive insights, into a very interesting topic, completely won over his audience.
Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
“Your optimism tempered with seriousness of purpose and a genuine understanding of what it will take to set things right is exactly what this country needs.”
University of South Carolina
“Tom Friedman was a smash hit at our meeting.”
Council of Great City Schools
“Things with Thomas Friedman were fabulous and his presentation was excellent! Rave reviews from our staff and our members! ”
Florida Hospital Association
“Mr. Friedman was incredibly informative and entertaining last night, and the lecture was a huge success. We are thrilled that he was able to join us here at Trinity.”
Trinity University
“Thomas L. Friedman was really amazing. Passionate, modest and devoted, he was more than we expected. His speech was inspiring and the conversation with the panelist and audience was profound. He and the panelist were exactly what we wanted for the Green Forum.”
“Our event was just absolutely outstanding! Mr. Friedman was gracious and he captivated the audience. We could not have asked for a more timely, appropriate subject matter than what he provided! It was truly a challenge to the community.”
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
“...I knew you could make the Middle East interesting...but I did not know you could make the global economy interesting; you did just that.”
Brandeis University
“It was a big success and Mr. Friedman's speech was fabulous.”
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
“Tom did an outstanding job. He is such an intelligent man and delivers a speech like a professional actor. Lots and lots of compliments and not one negative...who can do that anymore? Only Tom.”
Wilkes University
“Mr. Friedman, your informative enlightening lecture coupled with your compelling arguments, impressive research and charismatic personality, captivated the audience, touching their hearts and minds and inspiring all of us, as only a great orator and brilliant journalist can.”
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
“The afternoon and evening with Tom Friedman was superb! I could not be more pleased with his performance - or with the audience turn out and reception. He spoke to a full house Tuesday evening " 2,200 people. For the afternoon symposium, a conservative estimate is that 1,200 attended. As our president said to me the next day, "It was an extraordinary evening!”
University of South Carolina
“What a great honor to have you at the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture. Thank you for your willingness to discuss possible solutions to a problem that has held people captive for centuries. It is our hope that the work you are doing will bring resolution to the people of these embattled countries. I applaud your courage.”
Southern Methodist University
“...Thank you for joining us. Your presence, contribution to the intellectual development of our campus, insights into you public and private world (and all the little wars that surround it) and your integrity were most welcome. In a 24-hour time span you captivated us with your intensity and knowledge of the big and small pictures that make up the news. I was intrigued by your ability to remain so focused over a long period of time. If you could bottle and market that ingredient, you could take very early retirement.”
Guilford College
“...knowledge and interpretation of world political and economic affairs is up-to-the-minute. [He] presents with clarity, vision and impact...As was abundantly evident, our audience thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and could have had you on the podium all evening..”
National Assn. of Petroleum Investment Analysts
“...I would like to express my grateful thanks to you for addressing our Gala Dinner last Wednesday evening...I also want to tell that everyone was enthralled with your presentation and were impressed with your knowledge, insight and professionalism. Your evenhandedness certainly catered to both ends of the spectrum of viewpoints of our attendees and was a credit to the non-partisan attitude of our organization. You were a great help in making this one of the most memorable and uccessful functions that our region has held.”
American Assoc., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
“...This note is to say how grateful I am for your presentation, which was rational and informed. No American journalist/writer has a better understanding of the middle east region. As one who persists in pursuing peace with organizations dedicated to this goal in order to avert the abyss of violence and ongoing, unresolved hatreds, your thinking is a like a beam of steady, bright light midst the clouds of today's crisis. Thank you again for all your good work.”
RHN Associates
“Tom Friedman did an outstanding job in both talks last night”
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