Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World after September 11by Thomas L. Friedman
In 2002, Thomas L. Friedman won his third Pulitzer Prize “for his clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat” after the attacks of September 11, 2001. This virtually unprecedented recognition underlines Friedman’s unique ability to interpret and illuminate the world for Americans clearly, insightfully, and memorably.
Longitudes and Attitudes is made up of Friedman’s New York Times columns as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections as he travels to Europe, the Mideast, and the Far East. He talks with the major players in the story and to men and women in the street as he develops and refines his unique perspective on the new kind of war America finds itself fighting. And he helps us to understand who “they” are, and reassures us about who “we” are.
In the author’s words, the result is “a ‘word album’ that captures and preserves the raw, unpolished emotional and analytical responses that illustrate how I, and others, felt as we tried to grapple with September 11 and its aftermath.” More than any other journalist writing today, Friedman gives voice to America’s awakening sense of a radically new world and our own complex place in it.
Meet the Author
Thomas L. Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times, where he serves as the foreign affairs columnist. He is the author of three other bestselling books, including 2005’s The World Is Flat, which was given the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Friedman was also named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.
- Washington, D.C. area
- Date of Birth:
- July 20, 1953
- Place of Birth:
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- B.A. in Mediterranean Studies, Brandeis University, 1975; M.A. in Modern Middle East Studies, Oxford University, 1978
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