From Beirut to Jerusalem
One of the most thought-provoking books ever written about the Middle East, From Beirut to Jerusalem remains vital to our understanding of this complex and volatile region of the world. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of experience reporting from Lebanon and Israel to write this now-classic work of journalism. In a new afterword, he updates his journey with a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and how they are transforming the area, and a new look at relations between Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis. Rich with anecdote, history, analysis, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will continue to shape how we see the Middle East for many years to come. Latest edition published by Picador.
Latest Edition: 2012
Originally Published: 1989
That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges -- globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption -- and spell out what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.
They explain how the end of the cold war blinded the nation to the need to address these issues. They show how our history, when properly understood, provides the key to addressing them, and explain how the paralysis of our political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country needs. They offer a way out of the trap into which the country has fallen, which includes the rediscovery of some of our most valuable traditions and the creation of a new, third-party movement. That Used to Be Us is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.
“As we were writing this book,” Friedman and Mandelbaum explain, “we found that when we shared the title with people, they would often nod ruefully and ask: ‘But does it have a happy ending?’ Our answer is that we can write a happy ending, but it is up to the country -- to all of us -- to determine whether it is fiction or nonfiction. We need to study harder, save more, spend less, invest wisely, and get back to the formula that made us successful as a country in every previous historical turn. What we need is not novel or foreign, but values, priorities, and practices embedded in our history and culture, applied time and again to propel us forward as a country. That is all part of our past. That used to be us and can be again -- if we will it.”
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
In this important socioeconomic study, a follow-up to 1999's The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Friedman argues persuasively that globalization, with all its attendant geopolitical effects, is the single most significant trend of our day. An instant New York Times bestseller and essential reading for anyone who wants to understand where the world is headed in the next decade and beyond.
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Thomas L. Friedman's number one bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way. Now Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy -- both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.
Friedman proposes that an ambitious national strategy, which he calls "Geo-Greenism," is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating; it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure.
As in The World Is Flat, he explains a new era -- the Energy-Climate era -- through an illuminating account of recent events. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet (which brought 3 billion new consumers onto the world stage) have combined to bring climate and energy issues to Main Street. But they have not gone very far down Main Street; the much-touted "green revolution" has hardly begun. With all that in mind, Friedman sets out the clean-technology breakthroughs we, and the world, will need; he shows that the ET (Energy Technology) revolution will be both transformative and disruptive; and he explains why America must lead this revolution with the first Green President and a Green New Deal, spurred by the Greenest Generation.
Hot, Flat and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman -- fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the world we live in today.
Newsweek Cover Story: The Exhausting Race for Ideas
In this essay, written exclusively for Newsweek's Special Edition, "The Knowledge Revolution: Issues 2006," produced in cooperation with the World Economic Forum, Friedman says that, for all its promise, this knowledge race is "intimidating and exhausting.... Individuals have authored their own content since cave men and women were painting on walls. But once they could do it in digital form, the power of ideas would trump the might of armies in world affairs."
The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
As a Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman has traveled to the four corners of the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life. He has drawn on his years on the road to produce an original look at the new international system that, more than anything else, is shaping world affairs today: globalization.
Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in an Age of Terrorism
Longitudes and Attitudes contains the columns Friedman has published about the most momentous news story of our time, as well as a diary of his experiences and reactions during this period of crisis. As the author writes, "...my hope is that (the book) will constitute 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 and its aftermath, as they were unfolding."
(Source: Farrar, Straus and Giroux)