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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,322 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Friedman Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fascinating, eye-opening, and often shocking look at what lies ahead for the United States—and the world—from one of our most incisive futurists

George Friedman has become a leading expert in geopolitical forecasting, sought after for his unmatched grasp of both historical and contemporary trends. In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye to the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

Friedman predicts that the US–Jihadist war will conclude, to be replaced by a second confrontation with Russia; China will undergo a major internal crisis, and Mexico will emerge as an important world power; there will be at least one global war, but armies will be smaller and wars less deadly; and technology will focus on space, both for military uses and for energy. This book is a compelling, eye-opening portrait of the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.”

    New York Times Magazine

  • “Predictions have made George Friedman a hot property these days.”

    Wall Street Journal

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


  • Barron’s consistently has found Stratfor’s insights informative and largely on the money—as has the company’s large client base, which ranges from corporations to media outlets and government agencies.”


  • “[A] unique combination of cold-eyed realism and boldly confident fortune-telling…Whether all of the visions in Friedman’s crystal ball actually materialize, they certainly make for engrossing entertainment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] compelling story…William Hughes captures the author’s informal tone as well as his obvious intelligence and perception. As he narrates, the listener watches the coming years unfold like an interstellar adventure movie…listening to the entire work makes one long to stick around to watch it all unfold. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “[Friedman] delivers a clearer, deeper, and subtler understanding of the post-9/11 world than we will ever get from listening to the cacophony of talking heads on television.”


  • AnAudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • AnAmazon Top Customer Favorite

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Timothy Meaney | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting look at the next century through the lens of geopolitics - focusing on demographic shifts and the impacts of technology. I read it as to broaden my thinking - and view it as an interesting thought experiment, as was pleased with it on those grounds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan Lockwood | 2/18/2014

    " Ehh, this book probably rates around 2.5-3 stars... The timing on it's publication didn't fit very well with the current economic meltdown and subsequently it hurts the credibility of some of the more complex ideas he is pushing. Friedman presents some excellent points and raises questions about how the reader and society not only perceive the future but also the past and cyclic nature of geopolitics. I enjoyed most of the concepts presented but was probably to hung up on the missed financial crisis to buy into his projections for China in the 1rst half of the century. While he does briefly address the crisis in a new forward, his defensive stance didn't quite win me over going in. In depth reasoning and detailed research have the ability to create a shift in perspective as you move through the talking points. All in all this was worth the read, the concepts forced me to abandon my normal liberal cynicism when looking at American Empire to acknowledge it's meaning within the scope of centuries of geopolitical conflict. Friedman's observations about the cyclic nature of the socio-economics in US history we're quite profound. I disagree with some of the ideas about growth and disorganization over time in given cultures but perhaps that is merely my opinion against Friedman's. The only other nagging issue for me was the nonexistence of financial manipulation or crazy third world country revolt having any impact over time, both of which I think will occur with the potential for serious geopolitical repercussions. At the end of the day it's a pretty quick read with known characters and back history so knock yourself out... Worst case scenario you gain some respect for why things are the way they are and might be able to use it in a conversation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Janusz Dragunow | 2/17/2014

    " My short review is - do not buy this book. This is one of the worst books which I read recently. It is not worth any penny. Instead, I recommend to read "race against machine", writen by MIT' tutors. Until I saw a map of Europe divided on regions, I was expecting something at least with average quality. No one who puts Denmark, Italy and Germany in one "Central European" basket deserves for higher grade than 2/5. Spain and United Kingdom as one group of countries? Come on. This kind of books you do not writing according what you want to fulfill in the future, but what can happened. In different scenarios. We saw here just one scenario, world dominated by the USA. I am from Poland, and I was living in Denmark. I have many friends from different countries. First time in my life I saw that someone put Denmark in different group than one of Scandinavians country. This is not only a member state of the scandinavian union but also a nordic country with Sweden and Norway. The most pure heartbeat of the north. Denmark and Southern Italy or even whole country have so much common as Lybia and Italy. The United Kingdom and Spain? What is similar between them? That Spain was once a naval superpower, a few centuries ago? These nations have completely different cultures, way of live. The different goals in international politics. The author completely ignored impact of technology on future societies. This already has begun. Just think how world is different nowadays due to automatization. The only problem in increasing production of the future societies will be resources not amount of workers. Average people are not necessary NOWADAYS in increasing output of industry. Only the most creative parts of society, engineers, sciencists and so on, are important. I doubt did for example future Pakistan could provide more well educated people than Russia only because they will have bigger population. He doesnt described the third possibility of Russian future, because he did not liked her. Depopulation of Russia, not only stopped but start rising recently. The government invest huge money in switching trends, and to become a exporter of goods not only resources. But he doesn't doing this investing in factories, trying to compete with existing industries in western europe. Russians investing in the technology of the future, to have strong positition, before rivals will emerge. Read about rusnano corporation. They know that can not win with Germany in industries, already well developed. If we start thinking in the future in this way, that shrinking population is even better due to shrinking resources, the Europe or Russia are in much better position than for example Brazil which will have to feed millions of not useful at all workers, replaced my machines. Automatized Russia, still can feed the unemployed population using own resources. Does Pakistan with maybe even 300 milions or african countries, will have this possibility? Read raport of British ministry of defense -global trends to 2070. The modification of human genome, technical unemployment, robots.. That is the future, where the future of Russia will be determined. To become a global superpower, one of many with the united States, or dissapear completely in a nuclear blast wuth a country who invaded terrotiry. Russia will have probably huge problems in the future, but comparing with another parts of globe they will be lucky ones due to huge underpopulation, described as weakness. The overpopulation and civil not interstate wars, will the main problem of future socities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brent | 1/30/2014

    " Friedman makes quite a compelling argument for future geo-political events based on current world power dynamics, technology advancement, and historical analyses. I will not be surprised to see several of his predicted plot lines unfold in years to come. "

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