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The Next Decade: Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going | [George Friedman]

The Next Decade: Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going

In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.
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Publisher's Summary

The author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Next 100 Years now focuses his geopolitical forecasting acumen on the next decade and the imminent events and challenges that will test America and the world, specifically addressing the skills that will be required by the decade’s leaders.

The next ten years will be a time of massive transition. The wars in the Islamic world will be subsiding, and terrorism will become something we learn to live with. China will be encountering its crisis. We will be moving from a time when financial crises dominate the world to a time when labor shortages will begin to dominate. The new century will be taking shape in the next decade.

In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play. The book also asks how to be a good president in a decade of extraordinary challenge, and puts the world’s leaders under a microscope to explain how they will arrive at the decisions they will make - and the consequences these actions will have for us all.

©2011 George Friedman (P)2011 Random House Audio

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“There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.″ (New York Times Magazine)

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Good points and ideas about the near future"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Decade the most enjoyable?

    Good explications about the present state of everything and thoughts about the future accordingly.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    He seems to have a good knowledge about politics and political structure in most of the world.


    What does Bruce Turk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing special.


    If you could give The Next Decade a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What would it take to keep the world stable while constantly balancing on the edge of disaster.


    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Blackbutt, Australia 12-09-12
    Jason Blackbutt, Australia 12-09-12

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    "An excellent Global listen"
    If you could sum up The Next Decade in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, informative, novel


    What about Bruce Turk’s performance did you like?

    Easy listening


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Its not necessary to listen it in one sitting, but I found myself wanting more


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read, Friedman tries to assess the world relationships in the coming decade.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Berkman France 06-11-12
    Kenneth Berkman France 06-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Though provoking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Next Decade to be better than the print version?

    No, not better, but different. There are advantages to each. I like lying in bed listening to an audio book with the lights out. I do find that I have to listen more than once to grasp the ideas. Also, I tend to fall asleep. But I also listen while I'm doing chores, and I think the book is a better use of time than listening to the radio.


    Any additional comments?

    There is something that bothered me about Friedman's arguments in regard to morality and political realism, but I can't put my finger on it yet. And that is why this is a great read/listen. I'm really trying to think about what he says. Agree or not, this an interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francisco MIAMI, FL, United States 06-11-11
    Francisco MIAMI, FL, United States 06-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book, awful narration"

    This book is excellent. Unfortunately, I found it very hard to maintain my attention on what the narrator was saying. He sounds like one of those computer programs that read text. I listened to samples of other books narrated by Bruce Turk, and they all sounded the same, as if they were read by robots.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    zrer10 Knoxville, Tn United States 02-07-11
    zrer10 Knoxville, Tn United States 02-07-11 Member Since 2010

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    George Friedman, I think has a delusional outlook on foreign policy. To say that certain conditions would benefit a nation is one thing, to advocate that a nation should or could engineer those conditions is pure folly. Certainly that was what the war in iraq was, and its consequences are still unfolding. Although america may be in a position of leverage right now, coalitions can be formed to undermine that position. Noone sees the dragon coming, thats what makes it the dragon.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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