Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman Fred Conrad

National Book Awards Winner

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.
He was born in Minneapolis in 1953, and grew up in the middle-class Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean studies, attended St. Antony's College, Oxford, on a Marshall Scholarship, and received an M.Phil. degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford.
After three years with United Press International, he joined The New York Times, where he has worked ever since as a reporter, correspondent, bureau chief, and columnist. At the Times, he has won three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1983 for international reporting (from Lebanon), in 1988 for international reporting (from Israel), and in 2002 for his columns after the September 11th attacks. 

Friedman’s first book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, won the National Book Award in 1989. His second book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (1999), won the Overseas Press Club Award for best book on foreign policy in 2000. In 2002 FSG published a collection of his Pulitzer Prize-winning columns, along with a diary he kept after 9/11, as Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11. His fourth book, The World Is Fla



  • Tom Friedman Addresses Liberals and Conservatives on Environment

    The author of THE WORLD IS FLAT returns with a new, essential book: HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED: WHY WE NEED A GREEN REVOLUTION--AND HOW IT CAN RENEW AMERICA. Friedman explains how by embracing green technology and clean energy, America can regain its world stature and lead the next big industry.

  • Google Founders Climate Change Conversation w. Tom Friedman

    A Climate Change Conversation with Google Founders, moderated by Tom Friedman, held at the World Economic Forum's Annual General Meeting in Davos, January 2008.

  • On Charlie Rose

    Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum visit Charlie Rose to talk about their new book.

  • Thomas Friedman in Melbourne, Australia

    Thomas Friedman in conversation with Maxine McKew at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

  • In Studio: Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

    The authors read an excerpt from their book, That Used To Be Us.

  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to an audiobook excerpt from Thomas L. Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America. In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America.

  • Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas L. Friedman--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt to hear Thomas L. Friedman read from his book Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11. In this excerpt, he speaks about the Supreme Court decision that ended the contentious 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush.

  • That Used to Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. America is in trouble. We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them—and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations.

  • The World Is Flat 3.0 by Thomas L. Friedman--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Tom Friedman's book The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, what will they say was the most crucial development in the first few years of the twenty-first century? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war?

  • Thomas Friedman on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight

    Thomas Friedman discusses climate change and education in America on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight

  • Thomas Friedman: How America is Falling Behind

    Watch Thomas Friedman on CNBC's Squawk Box talk about America's future.

  • Thomas Friedman - The First Suicide Bomb

    New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman recalls his first assignment in Beirut: the bombing of the US Embassy.

  • Tom Friedman in the Studio

    We caught up with author Tom Friedman (Hot, Flat, and Crowded; The World is Flat; Longitudes and Attitudes) recently in a recording studio in D.C. and asked him some of the questions that are on a lot of people's minds these day. Here he speaks to the new developments in both green technology and green policy, how the economic crisis is affecting the green revolution and how he manages to remain an optimist in these troubled times.





From Beirut to Jerusalem

Thomas L. Friedman

“If you’re only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it.”---Seymour M. HershOne of the most thought-provoking books ever written about the Middle...


That Used to Be Us

Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceA Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2011 In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman and Michael...


The Lexus and the Olive Tree

Thomas L. Friedman

"A brilliant guide for the here and now."---The New York Times Book Review In this vivid portrait of the new business world, Thomas L. Friedman shows how...


Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0

Thomas L. Friedman

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of the Year A Businessweek Best Business Book of the Year A Chicago...