Joel Kotkin is Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange County, California, and an adjunct fellow with the London-based Legatum Institute. The author of six books, he writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for Forbes.com and a monthly column for Politico.com.
The Next Hundred Million: America In 2050by Joel Kotkin
In stark contrast to the rest of the world's advanced nations, the United States is growing at a record rate, and, according to census projections, will be home to four hundred million Americans by 2050./b>
A visionary social thinker reveals how the addition of one hundred million Americans by midcentury will transform the way we live, work, and prosper.
In stark contrast to the rest of the world's advanced nations, the United States is growing at a record rate, and, according to census projections, will be home to four hundred million Americans by 2050. Drawing on prodigious research, firsthand reportage, and historical analysis, acclaimed forecaster Joel Kotkin reveals how this unprecedented growth will take shape-and why it is the greatest indicator of the nation's long-term economic strength. At a time of great pessimism about America's future, The Next Hundred Million shows why the United States will emerge a stronger and more diverse nation by midcentury.
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This is a refreshing book, even a reassuring one. Author Joel Kotkin describes a 2050 America deeply rooted in the present. Major societal changes will come about, and many are underway already, in signs as pervasive as telecommuting and as public as the face of President Barack Obama. Kotkin's future can seem a bit conservative, especially since he doesn't focus on radically negative futures (the impact of massive climate change, for instance) or technological change. His analysis remains grounded in observation, which renders his thoughts accessible and useful. getAbstract recommends his forecast to futurists, to business leaders who need to envision their future workforce and marketplace, and to those interested in American culture.
The bookstarted of interesting but toward the end the author went too abstract with his predictions. The tangents regarding the Eastern Bloc countires were a disapointing change of pace from the beguinning of the book. Later in the book, the WW3 scenario was entertaining but in a Star Wars/Science fiction way, not in a forseeable future way.