The Lexus and the Olive Tree: a Review Essay

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Thomas L. Friedman is a very well-educated and experienced award-winning, best-selling author who is extremely capable of presenting a book with important historical background, powerful images, and a defined purpose. He first attended Brandeis University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean Studies. During his undergraduate years there, he spent semesters abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the American University in Cairo. After he completed his B.A., Friedman attended St. Antony's College of Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. By 1978, he attained his master's degree in Modern Middle East Studies from Oxford and immediately joined the London Bureau of United Press…show more content…
Baker and the end of the Cold War. He then shifted his focus to domestic politics and was appointed White House Correspondent. He later shifted his focus and became the Times' International Economics Correspondent, covering the link between foreign policy and trade policy. For his coverage in the Middle East, Thomas L. Friedman received two Pulitzer Prizes, one from Lebanon and one from Israel. Friedman now lives in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Brandeis University. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Marshall Scholarship Commission. He has also been awarded honorary degrees from Brandeis, Macalester, Haverford, and Hebrew Union College. Clearly, Thomas L. Friedman is qualified to write a book on his theory of The Lexus and the Olive Tree. He has traveled all over the world, reporting on both the modern, globalized world (the United States), and those customary, often impoverished countries (Israel). He has covered all areas, including foreign policy, diplomacy, domestic policy, economics, business, trade, and culture. Friedman is clearly capable and does not seem to have any reason for bias. The premise on which Friedman bases The Lexus and the Olive Tree is that there is a conflict in the world between olive trees, which represent our cultural identity, our spirituality and customs, and the Lexus, which is manufactured in technologically advanced factories for people who have profited from the globalized American
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