Friedman was the founder of Statfor, a fact that he shys away from in this book. Sratfor gathers intelligence, through a geopolitical perspective, and then provides said intelligence for Fortune 500 companies, U.S. government, and private companies. So, don't feel like this is just another nutjob with a laptop and a world map. All in all, i feel like this is at least interesting, and stimulates the brain cells. I feel like, he may have a few of the details off, but he's on the right track. An amazing book, and eye-opening when so many of us are caught in the day to day news source from liberal media giants, like CNN, and conservative propagandists like Fox. Definately, a good choice.
This was one of the few books that had a tremendous impact on my view of the World. Mr.Friedman clearly explained geopolitics and trends in past European and American history. I understand much better "war on terror" and reasons for war in Iraq and Afganistan and the balance of power. The ideas were logical and well supported. In my mind it "made sense". The true question is what can we do to prepare (and prosper) for those changes? How about part 2 Mr.Friedman?
This book is a good listen. I think the point of the book is beyond the predictions it espouses but rather the logic and geopolitical history that underpins his assertions. That said, he was pushing his luck by the end of the book with his "predictions" especially considering how quantum leaps in technology and "basic science" impacts society and culture (an issue only grazed on by the author).
I found it thorough and a good listen especially on Eastern European issues. Outside of North Africa he failed to discuss the rest of the continent. I find that to be a big oversight in the book given the history and role Africa has played (albeit not always voluntarily!) in global politics. So are readers to presume that the entire African subcontinent will not have any significant role in geopolitics in the next 100 years? He should have at least dedicated one chapter to Africa and its inter-relationships with the assertions he is making. That oversight leaves some holes in his strategic logic that diminishes the value in my mind. That said, it was worth a critical listening too. I will get a print copy when I'm book shopping too.
Friedman certainly knows his subject. As the founder of StratFor, he has access to incredible information from around the world, and years of experience piecing together how that information shapes the world we live in today. This book is the summation of that analysis extended to the next hundred years.
While one may not reach the same conclusions (e.g., China being less of a world leader than, say, Poland), you are sure to be challenged to think about his predictions...and perhaps alter your own! I was particularly taken by his discussion of the ascendancy of Mexico, having long thought that Mexico has unrealized potential (increasing education levels, for example).
I strongly recommend the book to anyone interested in what the next 30, 50 and 100 years may look like.
Excellent knowledge of his topic and exceptional understanding of geopolitics. If you are looking for an unbiased analysis of the facts and driving forces that shape the world, this is the book you need. Truely fantastic read.
I found the first half of "The Next 100 Years" was mostly fascinating. In the second half, however, I felt Mr. Friedman became too carried away with his own fictional scenario. This required suspension of disbelief beyond my ability.
In his summation, his dismissal of global warming as having any significant impact on the geopolitics of the future -- on the basis that birth rate trends and technology will solve the problem -- ignores the possibility that a tipping point may be reached too early in the 21st century for any reversal therefrom.
Book Guun Guun
Should have of his predictions come true, the world will be a drastically different place. I hope Friedman is wrong, very wrong.
The possibility that it all may come true.
Hughes brings a voice of believability that a reader wouldn't otherwise get if they were reading the book.
If we study history of the great civilizations that came before us, we can start seeing some parallels and commonalities between the ancients and where we are today as the greatest civilization of the last 100 years.
Friedman does a good job in helping us to get a glimpse of the next 100 years (decade by decade) as our country goes through rising inflation, gas/fuel shortages and prices hikes, population increases, immigration challenges, environmental issues and global climate changes. And those are just internal problems!!! Bleak? Yes and no. We have many technological advantages that our predecessors didn't have, but it’s up to us to identify and use them wisely.
Face it, in a world that is closing in on 10 billion people in our lifetimes, we’re going to all have to figure out how to get along and feed, house, employ, transport, educate and provide medical care on a global scale.
I liked this book a lot and will keep it as a reference for things to come in my lifetime and future generations to come.
Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!
George Friedman doesn't pretend to know the future, he tracks the patterns and follows them on their most likely paths. His knowledge, and global perspective is insightful and he writes in a readable fashion, as if he is your favorite professor sitting across the table with a map and a pot of tea.
An extremely interesting work. Very well written and well read. A brilliant analysis.