Alan Friedman is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has been in the forefont of global politics and finance for over the last thirty years.
Alan Friedman has been awarded the 2014 Premio Pavese for Ammazziamo il Gattopardo, the Italian equivalent of the Pen Faulkner. This year, he has also been awarded the 2014 “America Prize” by the USA-Italy Foundation. He is the only American to be awarded the Medaglia d’Oro del Parlamento Italian, the Italian equivalent to the Congressional Medal of Honour and he is also the only American to be given the Pope John Paul II Award for humanitarian services to Italy, by the Vatican.
Friedman is the author of five best-selling books: Agnelli and The Network of Italian Power (1988, 10 languages), Ce la fara’ il capitalismo italiano? (1990, Italy only), Spider’s Web The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq (1993, 3 languages) and Il Bivio (1996, Italy only). In February 2014 Rizzoli published Ammazziamo il Gattopardo (Let’s Murder The Leopard!), a bombshell of revelations and analysis about Italy’s political and economic crisis. The book has so far sold 185,000 copies, is still on the Top Ten best-seller lists, was serialized in the Corriere della Sera, made into a 12-part web documentary and in the Summer of 2014 is on the air as a popular television series.
Beginning in 1979 Mr Friedman worked for The Financial Times of London, as a columnist on Eurobonds (1979-1981), he became the youngest ever banking correspondent (1981-1983) and then worked as a foreign correspondent in Italy (1983-1989) and the United States (1989-1993).
From 1994 to 2003 Mr Friedman was Global Economics Correspondent of the Paris-based IHT/NYT. From 2003 to 2005 he was World Economy columnist for The Wall Street Journal Europe. In 1999 The New York Times and The Washington Post (Mrs Graham and Mr Sulzberger Sr.) appointed Mr Friedman as Chairman of International Herald Tribune TV, a post he held for five years. He is also a former contributing editor at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker who worked with Tina Brown and Sharon Delano.
Alan Friedman was awarded the British Press Award (the UK equivalent of the Pulitzer award) four times during his 14-year career with the Financial Times. He was recognized as the journalist who, together with Lionel Barber at the FT, broke the Iraqgate scandal in 1991 that saw the CIA involved in the sale of weapons to Saddam Hussein. Before joining The Financial Times, Alan Friedman had worked in the Administration of President Jimmy Carter in the role of Presidential Management Intern. He began his professional career working on international affairs in the U.S. Congress for the Hon. Donald Fraser (Dem-Minn.).
His television career began in the 1980s with regular appearances on the “BBC Newsnight” broadcast. In 1991 he persuaded the FT and ABC News executives Roone Arledge and Tom Bettag, and anchor Ted Koppel of ABC “Nightline” to form a special investigative unit on the Iraqgate affair and White House involvement. The result was the production and broadcast of a series of 12 broadcasts by ABC Television/Financial Times on the scandal of U.S. weapons sales to Iraq that were financed via the U.S. Government and Italy’s BNL. The series feature Friedman and Lionel Barber of the FT.
His unparalleled knowledge of Italian life and politics, led to his appointment in 1998 as a key member of the team at RAI that designed and launched the RAINews 24 news channel in Italy. His professional relationship with the International Herald Tribune/NYT and RAI made way, in 1999, to a joint venture for the co-production of the weekly programmes “World Business / Pianeta Economia” (Planet Economy). He had already created and anchored “Mastricht Italia” on RAI 3, a prime time talk show that, in its four seasons (1996-2000), had an average of 1.5 million viewers each week. He subsequently created and anchored “Mr Euro” (RAI3), “I Vostri Soldi” (RAI 2) and other programmes for radio and TV in Italy.
As anchor of The Alan Friedman Show, a peak talk show on the Sky TG24 news channel in Italy he quickly became one of Europe’s most respected political economic commentators, and a well-known TV personality in Italy. In this role he worked with Rupert Murdoch and his team to design and launch Sky TG 24 in 2003. Mr Friedman’s team produced 10 “driver” programmes for Sky TG 24 between 2003 and 2006.
Alan Friedman was born in New York City on April 30th, 1956. He was educated at NYU (B.A. Politics and History), the London School of Economics (International Relations) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. International Economics and Law). He is based near Lucca in Tuscany.
MY WAY: BERLUSCONI IN HIS OWN WORDS – Buy it here
Inspired by the Frost/Nixon interviews and Walter Isaacson’s author-subject relationship with Steve Jobs, Alan Friedman tells the story of Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul turned Prime Minister who has dominated Italian life for the past twenty years. Berlusconi has cooperated with the bestselling author and award-winning journalist in the telling of his life story – warts and all. From the bunga-bunga parties to his most secret moments with world leaders, the book is rich in anecdotes and revelations involving Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and many others.
Starting from the bottom in his incredible rise to power, Berlusconi was a cruise-ship crooner as a young man, became a real-estate tycoon in the ’70s, started the first commercial television network in history, and turned AC Milan into a world-class soccer club. And that was all before he entered and survived the squalid swampland of Italian politics, becoming the longest-serving Italian Prime Minister in history and generating, arguably, the most controversy of any world leader today.
PUBLISHER: Biteback Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: 20th October 2015