This book is a New York Times Bestseller. 'Conventional analysis suffers from a profound failure of imagination. It imagines passing clouds to be permanent and is blind to powerful, long-terms shifts taking place in full view of the world' - George Friedman. In his long-awaited and provocative new book, George Friedman turns his eye on the future ...
This book is a New York Times Bestseller. 'Conventional analysis suffers from a profound failure of imagination. It imagines passing clouds to be permanent and is blind to powerful, long-terms shifts taking place in full view of the world' - George Friedman. In his long-awaited and provocative new book, George Friedman turns his eye on the future - offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century. He explains where and why future wars will erupt (and how they will be fought), which nations will gain and lose economic and political power, and how new technologies and cultural trends will alter the way we live in the new century. "The Next 100 Years" draws on a fascinating exploration of history and geopolitical patterns dating back hundreds of years. Friedman shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, at the dawn of a new era - with changes in store, including: The US-jihadist war will conclude, replaced by a second full-blown cold war with Russia; China will undergo a major extended internal crisis, and Mexico will emerge as an important world power; a new global war will unfold between the United States and an unexpected coalition from Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Far East; but armies will be much smaller and wars will be less deadly; and the United States will experience a golden age in the second half of the century.
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Friedman takes a leap into the future with a very readable evaluation of what the future could look like.
With the current events in the MidEast, you rather wonder if the outlook he has isn't coming off the rails early. But I have been a Stratfor reader for too long not to think, especially this close in, he knows what he is talking about.
Nov 18, 2010
A very helpful historical background to his theory. I found it to be a real page turner. For young people it could open their eyes as to what could possibly happen in their life span.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-15 With a unique combination of cold-eyed realism and boldly confident fortune-telling, Friedman (America's Secret War) offers a global tour of war and peace in the upcoming century. The author asserts that "the United States' power is so extraordinarily overwhelming" that it will dominate the coming century, brushing aside Islamic terrorist threats now, overcoming a resurgent Russia in the 2010s and '20s and eventually gaining influence over space-based missile systems that Friedman names "battle stars." Friedman is the founder of Stratfor, an independent geopolitical forecasting company, and his authoritative-sounding predictions are based on such factors as natural resources and population cycles. While these concrete measures lend his short-term forecasts credence, the later years of Friedman's 100-year cycle will provoke some serious eyebrow raising. The armed border clashes between Mexico and the United States in the 2080s seem relatively plausible, but the space war pitting Japan and Turkey against the United States and allies, prognosticated to begin precisely on Thanksgiving Day 2050, reads as fantastic (and terrifying) science fiction. Whether all of the visions in Friedman's crystal ball actually materialize, they certainly make for engrossing entertainment. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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