Thomas L. Friedman

New York Times‘ columnist addresses ‘big trends’ 

Bestselling author of The World is Flat and New York Times foreign affairs columnist, Thomas L. 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 monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Vanity Fair called him “the country’s best newspaper columnist.”

Friedman, sponsored by Union College, comes to Proctors, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, with a talk on The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology and Geopolitics. Tickets, $35–$55, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at A special meet and greet package is available for $100.

Friedman’s latest New York Times bestseller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, is 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 sold over four 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. His next book, Thank You For Being Late, will be released in Fall 2016.

His book, 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.”

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.”