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The Next 100 Years Audiobook

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

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Publisher's Summary

George Friedman, founder of Stratfor, has become a leading expert in geopolitical forecasting, sought after for his thoughtful assessments of current trends and near-future events.

In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

©2009 George Friedman; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A unique combination of cold-eyed realism and boldly confident fortune-telling....Whether all of the visions in Friedman's crystal ball actually materialize, they certainly make for engrossing entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Robert barboursville, VA, United States 12-02-09
    Robert barboursville, VA, United States 12-02-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Read and then read it again!"

    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?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Agbeli Boulder, CO, USA 05-08-09
    Agbeli Boulder, CO, USA 05-08-09
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    "Good listen, though a bit indulgent"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-21-09
    John 04-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Reasoned, thought-provoking analysis"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Bowie, MD, USA 03-23-09
    Ben Bowie, MD, USA 03-23-09
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    "fantastic read"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel D. 08-24-17
    Daniel D. 08-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "eye opening on world energies"

    eye opening on world energies. great first part. narrator is good. ideas are clear formulated.

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    dupuytren 08-21-17
    dupuytren 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting Read"

    Some ideas in this book might seem obviously far-fetched, but the general premise still seems to remain engaging, even riveting. The world does change in some fundamental aspects, but the people essentially do not so the historical mistakes will reproduce themselves periodically and then a pattern emerges according to which forecasts and predictions can be more or less accurately made. The narrator is also not hard to follow, but to understand the details of these developments one does need to concentrate on some essential numbers and fictional statistical data, thus best when read at intervals in that you make sure you take all the time you need to think and focus and mull over. All in all, this is an essential topic of our day and one we can not afford to live without thinking about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Sandy, UT, United States 07-11-17
    Ross Sandy, UT, United States 07-11-17
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    "Up and then way down..."

    Quite interesting for the first couple of decades, although only 8 years after it was written, the author is already way off.

    The rest of the book got pretty far-fetched worse and worse and the decades proceeded. By 2050 I thought the predictions were hilarious.

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    Diane 07-01-17
    Diane 07-01-17
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    "ridiculous predictions"

    This was the worst predictions I have ever heard. Turkey and Japan allies and superpowers .Wow

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    Jaime 02-01-17
    Jaime 02-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The author got the first 10yrs wrong"

    Disappointing that the first 10 years after this book was written didn't play as the author predicted, makes you question the validity of the next 90 years. It is a interest book if you view it merely as fictional.

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    "Good listen"

    Great book makes you think in realistic terms. I recommend it for people seeking inspiration for the future.

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