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The Next 100 Years by George Friedman
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Jul 06, 2012

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Read in January, 2009

I was expecting more of this book. While the narrative is agile and quick, sometimes it felt like a sales pitch to join Friedman's Stratfor newsletter. His main points: The US will continue to be the main global power in the 21st century - but perhaps will encounter competition if Germany and Russia forge an alliance. Freedman also argues that China is inherently weak - and I tend to agree: the economic power of China is a house of cards because of its authoritarian regime. That lack of freedom and democracy, in addition to the dramatically fast growing internal financial and social inequality inside China, are not only a time-bomb but the very reason of China not being the 21st powerhouse.

In general I liked the book and I think Friedman did a good job arguing his points, but I would not recommend it a as first choice of reference to try to understand or predict how the world will be in the 21st century. So far I have not found a source either. =-)

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