Thomas Friedman at the Melbourne Town Hall

Three-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and acclaimed author Thomas Friedman speaks at the Melbourne Town Hall. Freidman talks about America and the world, the new Middle East and his latest book That Used to be Us: What Went Wrong with America? And How it Can Come Back. A long-standing and influential commentator on the Middle East and global affairs, Friedman demonstrates his unique ability to identify the trends that will shape the future and bring clarity to complex issues. The event is hosted by Maxine McKew.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre, July 2011.

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