Summary of Longitudes and Attitudes

Exploring the World After September 11

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Longitudes and Attitudes book summary
If you’ve wondered if anyone really understands what bred Middle Eastern terrorism and the September 11 attacks, your search is over. Thomas Friedman explains it all.


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If The New York Times were a high school yearbook, Thomas Friedman would be "Most Likely To Succeed." For more than two decades, he has trained his agile, disciplined mind on unraveling the palace intrigue and radical movements of Middle Eastern politics. He tells a story about a waitress in chaotic, war-torn Beirut, who politely asked if he would rather have desert now or wait until the ceasefire took effect. His point: humans can adapt to virtually anything. In this compendium of columns plus a diary of post-911 events, Friedman argues that 9/11 stemmed from U.S. failure to retaliate against prior terrorism. Here, he kicks over the log and shines his light on the origins of the religious intolerance that created 9/11. It’s not a pretty sight, but you had better look. To be even modestly informed about today’s issues, getAbstract maintains, you need to read this.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How 9/11 fits the super story of globalization and religious intolerance
  • The inside conflicts in Saudi Arabia
  • Common Middle East myths
  • How corrupt Arab regimes use the U.S. as a lightening rod for malcontents to dreadful effect


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About the Author

Nationally syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman is arguably the leading journalistic mind reporting on the Middle East and Israel. On three occasions, he has won the Pulitzer Prize for his work at The New York Times. He has written two best-selling books: From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction; and The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

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