Best-selling author and foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman to address The Economic Club April 12 2010

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — Best-selling author and foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman is the next speaker in The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan series. The member-only meeting will be held April 12 at the Mendel Center for Arts and Technology, Lake Michigan College, Benton Township, Mich.

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The public turns to Tom Friedman for straight talk and reliable information when it comes to issues that are clouded by political smokescreens or are too complex to fully comprehend. In his foreign affairs column for The New York Times, he’s covered many of the monumental events of recent years. His work has won three Pulitzer Prizes, and Vanity Fair named him “the country’s best newspaper columnist.”

Many people know Friedman for his best-selling books. “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America” continues to stimulate domestic and international dialogue on clean energy and green industries. “The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century,” “Longitudes & Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11” and “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” have topped book charts. His book “From Beirut to Jerusalem” is used as a textbook for Middle East courses in our nation’s colleges and universities and was the recipient of the National Book Award.

In addition to his column, Friedman appears on his own segment, “Tom’s Journal,” on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and is a frequent guest on programs such as “Face the Nation” and “Charlie Rose.” His TV documentaries, “Searching for the Roots of 9/11,” “The Other Side of Outsourcing” and “Addicted to Oil” have aired on the Discovery Channel.

Friedman rarely gives public talks and The Club is honored that he accepted its invitation to address members on the domestic and global issues he believes cannot be ignored.

Attendance at the Friedman meeting is limited to The Economic Club members only. Meeting membership is closed for 2009-2010, however, individuals interested in joining The Club may add their names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses to a waiting list by visiting www.TheEconClub.com or calling (269) 982-6010. For more information about The Club, its speakers and membership options, visit the Club’s Web site.