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Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman writes a syndicated column for The New York Times. His book “Hot, Flat and Crowded” was an international best-seller. He has worked for The Times since 1981 and a year later was appointed Beirut bureau chief, six weeks before the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. His column on foreign affairs began in 1995. His 2005 book, “The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century,” was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller and has sold more than 4 million copies. His new book, the best-seller “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back” (Picador), was written with Johns Hopkins University professor Michael Mandelbaum.