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The Next Decade by George Friedman
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May 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: politics
Read from May 18 to June 03, 2011

If you've ever wondered what America's actual relationship is with any one country or region of the world, this is the book to read...(I say read, but really I listened to the audio version). I had no idea how complex the relationships get, even with seemingly small and faraway places. Besides the reference to occasional presidents and past leaders from the US and other nations, the subjects of the book consist entirely of countries as a whole, instead of individual people.
A quote that sums up much of the book: "The United States, like all nations, is brutally self-interested, but there is value in not appearing that way, and some value in being liked and admired, as long as being liked isn't mistaken for the primary goal."
I loved the honest approach this book takes when looking at the fact that, yes, America does put its own interests first when dealing with foreign policy, but this is only to be expected from any nation.

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