The Village Times






Thomas Friedman




Writer, speaker, talk show guest: is there anything Tom Friedman can't do? In perhaps his greatest trick, Tom has managed to position himself as a leading voice in the green movement while living in an 11,000-square-foot mansion subsidized partly by his wife's family's shopping mall fortune. Whether he's explaining why the next six months are key in Iraq, or relating how he solved fundamental questions about the global economy by doodling on a napkin, Tom will endow your talk show, symposium or conference with instant gravitas.


Resumé: Author, New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner

Member Since: 2002

Specialties: Globalization; boyish enthusiasm; mixed metaphors.

Achievements: Invented the “Friedman Unit,” a span of time used by generals and politicians to justify extended involvement in foreign wars.

Signature quote: “What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, and basically saying, 'Which part of this sentence don't you understand? You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna to let it grow? Well, Suck. On. This.'”

-Speaking about the Iraq War on Charlie Rose, 2003