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The Next 100 Years by George Friedman
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Jan 23, 11

Read in January, 2011

I enjoyed this book as a flight of fantasy and I found myself agreeing with some of the predictions made by Mr. Friedman. I also found myself laughing out loud at some of the predictions too.

I can't figure out the purpose of this book in the first place, but if you go along with the premise that geopolitical processes (often) follow historical patterns then it's worth a read just to get a glimpse into Mr. Friedman's view of History. Over-simplistic in areas, and simply wrong in others, if you read this as a work of fiction or sci-fi you'll enjoy it as I did.

The earlier part of the 'prediction' for the 21st Century seemed to have a lot of common sense about it but the longer-term predictions were made under the premise that a catastrophic inter-continental high-tech 21st Century war had taken place in order to justify it's conclusions.

Now, Mr. Friedman obviously knows more about this than me but it seemed so contrived by the mid-century point I'm not sure he even believed it.

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