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.
Take it for what it is...but it is entertaining.Overall a good story, it is a forecast of what could come after all . From a geopolitical standpoint, I think the first three quarters of the book are excellent and could very well be a glimpse in to the future based off of world history. The last section, I think he was reaching for the stars, literally.Entertaining read!
For over 1 year, I nibbled on this book. It's a difficult listen; in order to absorb the details, I listened to part two in small swabs.
While some may criticize the author's predictions, I enjoyed the geopolitical crystal ball...in small doses.
Considering the nature of the book I can't think of anything to improve the book.
Although the book brings some interesting points regarding the workings of the world in the past, and if we were trying to predict the future based on those principals 10 or 20 years ago I might be convinced, but these days it seems pretty clear that the web changes things.To make a long story short (and incidentally prevent myself from rambling) I think that the future is going to turn up very differently from what is written in this book, which presents a very conservative outlook assuming that things will never change.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book however, I was intrigued at the blind spots that emerge when viewing the future from such a US perspective. Living in Australia, I guess I see Asia, America and Europe in a very different way. Some assumptions about the people are not consistent with my reality and my knowledge and experience of these regions. Having said this, I was very impressed with the sheer depth of knowledge of George Friedman
Yes, because he gives logic and facts to back up his predictions. Whether I agree with his conclusions or not, I have to agree that they are plausible.
This one is my first
He read the book in a voice that sounded as though the author was speaking. Not overly emotional or bored sounding, but as though he believed what he was saying
No, I didn't see the book as trying to inspire action.
The book was not mainly about the technical advances of the next 100 years (although there was a little of that there), but was rather about the cyclical nature of political relationships and conflicts, and how they might play out over the next 100 years. In my opinion, the author gives too little importance to the technical advances, but sees these advances as simply adding a new dimension to the same political relationships that have been going on for hundreds of years.
The author believes that power struggles and wars will be our fate in the future just as in the past. I hope that he is wrong.
The author writes his thoughts supported by events going on in the world now and in human history.
The next decade: same author. It is a little like 1984 but without a story line to follow just predictions of the future.
William Hughes performance was appropriate for the type of book. I liked him a lot.
There is a saying " History repeats itself" I always feel if this is true we should be able to predict what is going to happen in the future. Maybe not a hundred percent but even if it is 65% it is a book I want to read. This book didn't just make predictions about history repeating itself; it tried and explained why things would happen the way they would. I am excited to see what the future may hold.
Flag-waving right-wing faux patriots in the vein of Sarah Palin
Something from JL Bourne or Larry Corea.
Not read this hogwash!
The story is told as though the USA is the same country it was in the 20th Century, and that it will still have the same relevance in the 21st Century world. The author completely ignores our rising poverty and illiteracy rates, the conversion of the middle class into the working poor, the decaying infrastructure, the rise of China and India, the loss of our technological edge, and the myriad of other crisises that are quickly removing America from superpower status. If a massive effort were undertaken today to reverse these trends-it would take decades to achieve. Not to mention that the political will to do so does not exist. Soon China will have bigger guns than us, and that will be the end of the only thing we currently lead the world in. The author is under the impression that the USA will own the 21st century, and writes from that mythical point of view. This book is absurd drivel, and I would have made him rewrite it!
I wish that I hadn't wasted a credit on this rubbish, and anyone expecting to get an educated idea of upcoming tech advances and future political landscapes shouldn't either!