Longitudes and Attitudes

Longitudes and Attitudes

The World in the Age of Terrorism

Book - 2003
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From the Pulitzer Prize--winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author of From Beirut to Jerusalem and The Lexus and the Olive Tree comes this smart, penetrating, brilliantly informed book that is indispensable for understanding today's radically new world and America's complex place in it.

Thomas L. Freidman received his third Pulitzer Prize in 2002 "for his clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat." In Longitudes and Attitudes he gives us all of the columns he has published about the most momentous news story of our time, as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections during his post--September 11 travels. Updated for this new paperback edition, with over two years' worth of Friedman's columns and an expanded version of his diary, Longitudes and Attitudes is a broadly influential work from our most trusted observer of the international scene.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9781400031252
1400031257
Characteristics: xv, 399 p. ;,21 cm.

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Aug 09, 2011

Thomas Friedman is a journalist. He’s spent a lot of time travellingin and writing about a good deal of the world but most particularly the Middle East. He’s smart enough to be a Pulitzer Prize - winning author who has written books about this part of the world. In short, he must be smart, well-versed in the goings-on in this part of the world and capable of expressing these ideas in a way so the rest of us will understand them. This book is a collection of columns he's contributed to the New York Times.
The columns are usually relatively brief --- a couple of pages at most. His writing is accessible --- not aloof: it is meant for an everyday audience. Sometimes there are interjections of humour of a whimsical kind --- not side-slappers you see. The columns don’t follow sequentially one after the other. You won't lose anythings by reading them out of turn. But there is a common thread. That thread is his tale of the Middle East: the conflicts between Israel and the Arab states; the opportunities lost; the short-sightedness of so many of the principals so much of the time; the stupidity and failings of leadership --- Arab, Israel, and American.
The book’s one failing is that it has by now become somewhat dated. That having been said, many of his predictions have come to pass specifically with this spring’s “Arab Thaw”.
All in all, a very good book for anyone who wishes to understand the current Middle East. Certainly if you’re studying International Studies this book deserves to be high up on you must-read list.

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