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The Next 100 Years

The Next 100 Years

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ISBN-13:
9781433215469
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio Inc
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 1 MP3, 9 hrs. 30 min.
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Next 100 Years 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
doctordaxx2004 More than 1 year ago
I'm a futurist at heart. But I'm also a realist- and one thing I like best about this book is that it provides a good introduction to geopolitics for the layman. But, for those of us who like geopolitics, Friedman has given good rationales for the future direction of empires and hegemonies without going "Star Wars" or "Star Trek" crazy (I'm a fan of both!) In this book, America doesn't always win; other countries don't always lose; the concept of physical, cultural, economical and spiritual borders are addressed in addition to national borders; and, most importantly, it teaches lessons of the past and the patterns that modern-day empires (both new and successor states) follow because of what has been done by their predecessors centuries and decades before. If you like to have intellectual arguments about relevant things, including resource scarcity and relevant, realistic advances in technology to address those issues of scarcity, this is a nice book for you, too!
christophius1 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read for anyone interested in history, politics, geography, or international relations. George Friedman uses his position at the head of a think-tank directly involved in these matters to extrapolate past history into the future. Some of his ideas seem extraordinary, but as he points out so well, so many events of past history couldn't have been easily predicted or considered likely either...
jbWI More than 1 year ago
For many years, as a subscriber to the Stratfor Reports, I have been familiar with, and an admirer of, the work of George Friedman. In his book, The Next 100 years, Friedman applies years of experience and expertise in the field of strategic forecasting to a compelling and provocative series of predictions of the economic and political landscape developing during this century. Friedman reaches finite conclusions. However, he does so after building a substantial and believable case for each of them. Undoubtedly, many governments and powerful players read the Stratfor Reports and I am sure they will likewise read Friedman's book - -to the likely dismay, disbelief and anger to some - - to the delight and acceptance of others. I'm sorry that I won't be around to appreciate the longer term accuracy of Friedman's predictions. I'll be quite interested in as much of it as I am able to experience. And, I predict that it will be plenty accurate, notwithstanding Friedmans lack of any need to hedge or hide behind ambiguity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book The Next 100 Years by George Friedman is a very interesting and possibly accurate take on what will happen during the 21st century. Most of the predictions are based either politically or militarily. For example, Friedman predicts there will be another United States and Russian cold war during the 2030's, and that Mexico will confront the U.S. in a ground based war by 2100, the end of the century. But, apart from war there are predictions of population and technology, including most energy sources coming from space based systems. Personally, I felt like this book was a very interesting read, even when it wasn't too exciting. I believe that whether or not Friedman's predictions become true or not, his analysis of the past and the way he explains his thought process in coming to his conclusions was very well done, and can definitely make anyone see his predictions as at least somewhat possible. I enjoyed the way that each chapter was kind of broken down into a decade, or a very major event during the 21st century, and that each chapter's predictions led to the next chapter's predictions. The only dislike I had for this book was that it could be somewhat dull at times, although it is probably much more in depth and analytical than similar books, which is needed to provide a base for hypotheses made in this book. I think anyone who is optimistic about and interested in the future, and enjoys learning about the past should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The use of oil, the next world war, the next economy crisis, the research of weapons.All of these are analyzed and explained in the book The next 100 years: A forecast to the 21st century. George Friedman has done excellent predictions full with reasoning and made assumptions step by step from the present world 10 years by 10 years to the future. From The economical surge of China, to Japan and Turkey challenging the United States for global power, then to the technological use of outer space weapons, these predictions from the book were all based from the present day, and then gradually expanding towards the future. In the book, common sense is being thoroughly explained through facts, and estimations analyzed through events. George Friedman has presented each nation with its own interests for the next 100 years and has brought the movements of countries to a whole new level. I was most impressed by the analyzing of the technology what each nation will be focusing on, the most significant ones being "battle star" and the use of energy. In the last 10 years of the book, the author has already pictured a totally different looking earth, so technology advanced that Science Fiction books for once came to truth. The only suggestion I have about the book is that George Friedman could have focused more on the happenings in Africa, which has barely appeared in the book. I believe that the concept of this book is so powerful and logical, that it will be continued to pass on as a guidebook for all of humanity for the next 100 years. Or until the next book comes out.
EdwinV1230 More than 1 year ago
George Friedman has stated his case very well. Given all the advantages and privileges that the United States has earned for herself as the only superpower on earth at the dawn of this new century - be it geographical, economical, technological or political - I cannot help but agree: the 21st century will indeed be marked in history as the American Age. This, however, appears to be a matter of common sense that Friedman does not want us to rely on. The only difference is that of his use of common sense - he combines it with his amazing familiarity with how nations behave at the macro level, which for me is very impressive. So much so that I was compelled to make a major adjustment on how I personally look at the subject at hand. My only complaint is his apparent unwillingness to come face to face with another issue - an issue that may not be as gigantic as geopolitics but would nonetheless result in a massive socio-cultural distintegration, albeit gradual, if consistently ignored. I speak here of the spiritual, moral and intellectual foundation that made Western civilization probably the most enduring civilization in human history, which, little by little, is being abandoned by America. I just can't imagine the implications it may bring should it continue in the next 100 years. Regardless of my disagreement, I still find in Friedman a genius who, I believe, will be be remembered 100 years from now, as we remember Nietzche who predicted that the 20th century would be the bloodiest century in history 100 years before it came to pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most books I pick up in this genre are 500+ pages and you have to know your world history to have any chance of getting through it. This was more my style - smooth read, good transitions, enough detail to understand without getting too dense. Enjoy.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
In this bold, lively and entertaining book, political strategy researcher and analyst George Friedman makes highly specific predications about the 21st century. His discussion of the globe's changing face educates readers about the forces shaping international politics. Friedman is committed to a wide geopolitical perspective, and his predictions rest on broad, detailed historical knowledge. Even if you think some predictions are farfetched (or too specific for such long time frames), the parallels he draws between what happened historically and what he believes will happen in the future are quite educational. getAbstract recommends Friedman's book to professionals involved in international business or long-term strategic planning, and to any reader interested in pragmatic, interesting and, of course, theoretical, assertions about the future.
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