THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Foreign Affairs Columnist, the New York Times
Literary Editor, The New Republic
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Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which appears twice a week, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflict, international economics, the environment, biodiversity, and energy. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six best-selling books: From Beirut to Jerusalem; The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11; The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century; and Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America. His most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, is co-written with Michael Mandelbaum.
Leon Wieseltier is literary editor of The New Republic, a post he's held since 1983. He is the author of Kaddish, among other books. His essays on political, literary, and religious subjects have appeared in many publications. He was educated at Columbia College, Balliol College, Oxford, and Harvard University, where he was a member of the Society of Fellows. His small acting career has included a part on "The Sopranos."
Revisiting the May 2011 outcry over Barack Obama's calls for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, New Republic literary editor Leon Weiseltier accuses Benjamin Netanyahu of "playing a dangerous game" by attempting to "drive a wedge" between the President and American Jews. Weiseltier sharply rebukes the Israeli Prime Minister's overall diplomatic strategy by negatively comparing him to his predecessors.