Alan Friedman is a journalist, bestselling author, television personality and producer, and documentary maker who has spent the past 30 years as an award-winning correspondent and commentator with The Financial Times of London, The International Herald Tribune/New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and Italian television. He is presently an opinion columnist for Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper and Germany’s Die Zeit. Alan 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 is the only American journalist to have received the Medal of Honor (1997) from the Italian Parliament and he has been awarded many other acknowledgements for his work on Italy and the global economy. In 2014 he was awarded the Non-fiction Book of the Year prize in the Premio Pavese (September 2014), the Premio Pannunzio for outstanding excellence in journalism (December 2014) and the America Prize in the USA-Italy Foundation’s annual award ceremony in the Italian Parliament (October 2014).