Thomas Friedman - Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Kirby Center Ticketsavailable starting on June 10th - by calling Kirby Center box office at 570.826.1100 or 1.800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
About the Speaker: 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 latest book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. His previous bestseller, The World is Flat, has sold more than four million copies. 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.
Named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report and ranked #2 on The Wall Street Journal's list of "influential business thinkers," 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.
He currently is writing a book with Michael Mandelbaum, to be published in September of 2011, about the major challenges facing the United States, the reason the country is not addressing those challenges effectively, and the policies America needs to adopt to ensure prosperity at home and strength abroad in the 21st century. The title will be That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back.More>>