Thursday, December 29, 2011

'The Next Decade' by George Friedman

Not sure how long ago, The Financial Times provided a link to a geopolitical analysis of the United States developed by STRATFOR.  It turned out to be part one of two parts, so Gopal found it and downloaded it too.  He found it so interesting, he copied it and insisted I read it.  What we did was read it aloud to each other for the next two hours.  Wow!  It was fascinating.  It made me look at the world in a different and, I think, more realistic way.  (I kept thinking, "Where have I been?")

That's when I went to their website, learned about STRATFOR's CEO/Founder George Friedman and the books he had written.  The most current is 'The Next Decade.'  I just finished it.  It's very thought-provoking and gives a different perspective than I have had for a very long time.  Very pragmatic; very Machiavellian.

If any of you read this book or look into some of the things on STRATFOR's website, I would welcome your opinions.

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

This is what Flipkart (the Indian version of Amazon) says about the book:

'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.'

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