About Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly columnist for The New York Times, focusing on foreign affairs, the Middle East, globalization, and environmental issues. He is the author of seven bestselling books, including The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; The World Is Flat: A Brief History of theTwenty-first Century; and From Beirut to Jerusalem, a winner of the National Book Award. His latest book is Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Born and raised in St. Louis Park, MN, he graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean studies and earned an M.Phil degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University.