A fascinating, eye-opening, and often shocking look at what lies ahead for the United States—and the world—from one of our most incisive futurists
George Friedman has become a leading expert in geopolitical forecasting, sought after for his unmatched grasp of both historical and contemporary trends. In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye to the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.
Friedman predicts that the US–Jihadist war will conclude, to be replaced by a second confrontation with Russia; China will undergo a major internal crisis, and Mexico will emerge as an important world power; there will be at least one global war, but armies will be smaller and wars less deadly; and technology will focus on space, both for military uses and for energy. This book is a compelling, eye-opening portrait of the future.
I do not recommend...
This book disappointed me. I find the predictions unrealistic and outdated. Perhaps only imaginable if the book was written in the 1970s. Positive notes though, I like the first few chapters, the authors view of the 20th century is enlightening. The parts about Osama Bin Laden, the changes in family values and the cause of the Japanese malaise is interesting and noteworthy.
Very very very American centric
Should be titled "About America, why America is great and America forever!". Basic repetitive propaganda and a little dated in facts, however, there are occasional insightful. I would not buy again.
Don't waste your money, he didn't see democracy coming to the middle east, and his other predictions I felt were not supported by any solid facts.