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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Friedman Narrator: George Friedman, Bruce Turk Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780553399103
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George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for five hundred years, been the cultural hotbed of the world—Europe—and examines the most basic and fascinating culture of the region. Analyzing the fault lines that have existed for centuries, and which have led to two world wars and dozens more conflicts—Friedman walks us through the “flashpoints” that are still smoldering beneath the surface and are on course to erupt again. 

In Flashpoints, George Friedman begins with a fascinating history of the events leading up to the horrific wars that nearly tore apart Western civilization. Zeroing in on half a dozen locations, borderlands, and cultural dynamics, George Friedman does what few historians can—he explains precisely how certain trends are unstoppable, and what the future holds … both in terms of conflict and also opportunity. Flashpoints also explains in riveting detail how events in Europe will affect the rest of the world—from the United States to Russia, from China to Latin America. Continuing in his bestselling tradition, he reveals a geopolitical landscape that is at once a scintillating history lesson and a forecast for the coming years. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 16 Books on Wall Street’s Spring Break Reading List
  • In this insightful examination of contemporary Europe, political scientist Friedman (Next Decade) challenges the view that the European Union and its neighbors have transcended the threat of violent conflict among nations….. By dispassionately anatomizing the fears, aspirations, and interests of the key players, particularly a resurgent and resentful Russia, Friedman vividly describes a region where memories are long, perceived vulnerabilities are everywhere, and major threats have emerged rapidly and unexpectedly many times before. Publishers Weekly
  • This nonacademic but erudite view of European history shows that the 20th century's trauma of war and violence is not quite behind us….A thoughtful, uncluttered treatise considering Europe's intractable patterns of unemployment, immigration and racism. Kirkus
  • “There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.”

    The New York Times Magazine

  • “Expect the unexpected…He can see without the crystal ball.”


  • “Friedman…has the unusual ability to view events through the eyes of not only American, but also foreign leaders.”

    New York Observer

  • “Considering how right [Friedman]’s been over the years, he’s worth listening to.”

    San Antonio Express-News

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