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.
Engaging and intriguing
On the one hand George Friedman has written a form of science fiction. I'm not sure I'd make any investments based on his predictions. On the other, this book is a fascinating examination of how the most basic forces we often take for granted, demography and geography, play fundamental roles in the future of nations. In addition, his description of the United States "grand strategy" give interesting insights into current US policy. For example, if you accept that the US doesn't have to "win" in the conventional sense in Iraq, but that destabilizing the area yields the desired strategic goal, our current actions make much more sense. What he predicts might not come to pass, but "The Next 100 Years" provides a interesting view of the relentless forces that will affect the national policies of both our friends and foes.
How many times have you wished you could go back 40 years?
If you could go back in time with your current knowledge, you'd know what to do and you could plan appropriately. Well this book gives you that chance, sorta. You don't go back in time, but you look forward with a view as to what will happen and what you need to do now to prepare. Clearly, the events in this book aren't the literal future, it's not 100% accurate future knowledge (that's not possible). But it is 100% better than the vision of the future you have now. If you ever wanted to know what to gravitate to or what kind of events to plan for, this will give you a good place to start. I feel as though I've been given a little foreknowledge, which is better than total blindness. I still like Japan. I still don't trust China. More important, I feel like a little apprehension of the future has been lifted. Why not five stars? He didn't make guarantees.
Very Interesting and Easy to Listen To
I was curious about the topic but have been burned in the past with boring audiobooks that I just can listen to. This one is not like that at all. I was looking forward all day for my chance to pick up where I left off. If you like international relations or are curious about trends in the future. This book delivers. Great job to the author and the reader!