Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11
As the Foreign Affairs columnist for the The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman is in a unique position to interpret the world for American readers. Twice a week, Friedman's celebrated commentary provides the most trenchant, pithy,and illuminatin ...more
This is the third book (first was The Lexus and the Olive Tree in 1991 and The World is Flat in 2005) by Friedman that I bought. But this is the first time that I finished reading hi ...more
Published in 2002, this volume of columns by Thomas Friedman from before and after the September 11th attacks might be no more than an exercise in the unnerving clarity of hindsight appended by some excellent foreign policy advice and observations. In this regard alone, Longitudes and Attitudes is a captivating piece; Friedman, of course, is an exceptional writer, and his experience with Middle Eastern affairs is unmatched.
Now, more than ten years after the publishing of this book, readers of...more
Friedman is a New York Times Foreign Affiars Columnist. He says he has the best job in the world, with unrestricted freedom to travel wherever and whenever in the world he chooses and with an unrestricted budget.
The central focus of ...more
It was interesting to listen to "current" opinion on highly controversial topics even if I didn't agree with some of them.
Some other negative things include the narrators horrible affected accents and the author ...more
This is a collection of Friedman's articles from September 11 era. What strikes about the articles is Friedman places September 11 in context with supports and strengthen terrorism, namely the effects of globalization instead of the tunnel vision us vs. them mentality. I agree with his assessment that in order to ...more
Friedman has some interesting ideas about examining the causes of 9/11. He especially has some insightful points about the cycle of undemocratic authoritarian regimes which often attempt to coopt religion and use it to control the population can help create the anger and frustration fuel support for Al Qaeda.
The prob ...more
Friedman's status as a NYT editorialist and a popular "expert" on globalization and middle eastern culture and conflict has made him a bit of a divisive figure. Policy wonks and partisans hate him because they feel he oversimplifies the subjects he writes about, and his opinions are always tamped by his need to restate both sides of the story. A common ...more
Most memorable part of the book - just imagining how Muslims treat women. One view would be "omg, how horrible, how could you do that, I am going to come change your culture"
But on the other hand, isn't that kind of ridiculous? A culture may seem nonsensical to some, but sometimes people love their culture. "Dads ...more
A second segment is Friedman ...more
Another thing that I found very interesting with this book is that after 9/11 and before we went into Iraq Friedman's columns were all about ...more