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Thomas Friedman's Biography

Friedman is known for supporting modernization of the Arab world, environmentalism and globalization

Thomas Friedman's Auto-Biography

Thomas Lauren Friedman (born July 20, 1953) is an award winning American journalist, columnist and author. He is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times, whose column appears twice weekly and mainly addresses topics on foreign affairs. Friedman is known for supporting a compromise resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, modernization of the Arab world, environmentalism and globalization. Although an early supporter of the invasion of Iraq, he later became an outspoken critic of the war and the Bush administration.

Thomas Friedman was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. He attended St. Louis Park High School, where he wrote articles for his school's newspaper, including one in which he interviewed Ariel Sharon, an Israeli general who later became Prime Minister of Israel. Friedman graduated in 1971.

In 1975, Friedman received a bachelor of arts in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University, where he first arrived as a transfer student in 1973. He then attended St Antony's College at the University of Oxford on a Marshall scholarship, earning an M.Phil. in Middle Eastern studies. He names Professor Albert Hourani among his important academic influences.

Friedman's wife, Ann, is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics. Her father, Matthew Bucksbaum, is the chairman of the board of General Growth Properties, the real estate development group that he co-founded with his brother in 1954. The Bucksbaums helped pioneer the development of shopping centers in the United States. As of 2007, Forbes estimated the Bucksbaum family's assets at $4.1 billion, including about 18.6 million square meters of mall space.

Ann and Thomas Friedman live in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The July 2006 issue of Washingtonian reported that they own "a palatial 11,400-square-foot (1,060 m2) house, currently valued at $9.3 million, on a 7½-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club." They have two daughters: Orly Friedman (b. 1985), who attended Yale University; and Natalie Friedman (b. 1988), who attends Williams College. Both were born in Israel while Friedman served as a correspondent for The New York Times. Friedman has dedicated many of his published works to his daughters.

Upon graduating, Friedman joined the London bureau of United Press International. He was dispatched a year later to Beirut, where he stayed until 1981. He was then hired by The New York Times as a reporter, and was redispatched to Beirut at the start of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Friedman's coverage of the war, particularly the Sabra and Shatila massacre, won him the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. With David K. Shipler, he also won the 1982 George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.

He was assigned to Jerusalem from 1984 to 1988, and received a second Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the First Palestinian Intifada. Afterwards he wrote a book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, describing his experiences in the Middle East.

Friedman covered Secretary of State James Baker during the administration of United States President George H. W. Bush. Following the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, he became the White House correspondent for the Times. In 1994, he began to write more about foreign policy and economics, and moved to the op-ed page of The New York Times the following year as a foreign affairs columnist.

Friedman is the recipient of the 2004 Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement, and has been named to the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

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  1. Dear Good People:
    I have written several e-letters to Mr. Friedman recently. I have written, also, to the NY Times and to hundreds of Environmental groups trying to gather a voice of UNITY among us. My book:
    For NOBLE cause, might we aspire to speak of the glaring TRUTHS standing at cause to push us toward collapse? WHO are we? WHAT have we NOT Become? The aggression of men has escalated beyond all merit and belief. WHO are the EARTH-skinners and "free rights" claimers? WHERE is the LOVE in what we do? By 2080, we'll need TWO Earths to support our hoggy expansion. We have been in over-shoot for 31 years and continue wearing our old coat, showing off our medals of conquest, shiny pop-gear spangles and our faces of many fronts, with our pockets jammed full of blood money and salvation booty for all to see. In the eons - a blip - is THIS our hallmark achievement? Isn't it time we Became better students of who we are, what we've not become and where we are going? HOW is the life, health, safety and Welfare of the World Public being protected at any vital level? HOW is the Public Trust - EARTH - being protected? How many is too many? How much is too much? WHEN, in all Reverence, will we UNITE and ask the WORLD? I have a petition posted on my web site - click "EARTH". Who am I? Nobody...Chicken Little, perhaps?
    With all reverence for guiding purpose,

  2. Thanks for all you do, Mr. Friedman. I csn assure everyone that the weather where you are hasn't changed:
    1] World population continues to rise beyond all sustainable limits.
    2] We are nearing the 32nd year of resource deficit extraction - "overshoot"...
    3]World aggression continues to escalate beyond all merit and belief...
    4]Corporate piracy, theocratic oppression, gangs, EARTH-skinners and penile displays continue in their stooge-like manner with nary a "BOO" of disdain from the "Know-better" among us - who continue working our varied GOOD CAUSES in our divided camps without a substantive voice that should be a'hollerin' for a vital reckoning of the archaic and moronic manners of human acting.
    5] Too many of us are still living under the hammer of vile oppression without access to Responsible Liberty, creative experience, creation-based education, health care or even basic sustenance while many of us look the other way a'hopin' for a bloated prosperity hidden in a "power ball" and for bliss in a brown bottle.
    WHEN, will we arise and speak the TRUTHS that no one will speak of? WHEN will we UNITE for the Noble Cause to re-create our old and broken manners of bad acting clearly driving us toward calamity, catastrophe and collapse? Here's your weather...a perfect storm of crisis is looming right under our very snooters and virtually no camp of meaningful leadership is saying what needs to be said. C'mon, everyone, our dear Obama can't do it alone. The "free rights" claimers, descendents of the wild west, are upon us and standing boastfully against all proprietary reason to protect the vital Domain of Public Trusts. HOW will we ever achieve TRUE SUSTAINABILITY if we refuse to acknowledge the glaring TRUTHS - the sacred cows - the "convenient myths" as Noam Chomsky would say? I hope you gotta raincoat and some good umberella, perhaps? There is no "smart growth"...not here anymore. Where is vital PLANNING? Where is the INFINITE LOVE in what we do? Not your problem, you say? It's everyone's problem now...we have made it. For Humanity, ALL life and EARTH, our time is NOW.
    my book:
    With all reverence for the plight of humankind, all life and EARTH,
    Lee Kierig, Architect

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