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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (653 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Friedman Narrator: Bruce Turk Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780307881076
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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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Quotes & Awards

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

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Delivered in an engaging style and with no little dramatic flourish…[The Next Decade should] find a wide and receptive popular audience.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

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

    Newsweek

  • “A must-read.”

    Washington Times

  • “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

  • “Well-researched and compelling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/8/2014

    " George Friedman writes a fantastic book relating to the forthcoming decade and the United States' position in geopolitics. He methodically and eloquently sets out to outline the intricate balances of politics based on a geography and demographic view throughout the world. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good grasp of the theories of geopolitics, it is a starting point to further understanding of geopolitics but in no way a comprehensive study. Though provoking and current, this is a great read for anyone remotely interested in the current political actions throughout the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/3/2014

    " Excellent geo-political overview. Talk about 'realpolitik.' !!!!!! Big on Macchiavelli. Very clear, very concise, historically eye-popping with his knowledge from the private intelligence field. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/28/2014

    " Very clearly written. Lots to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/20/2014

    " An interesting book on global geopolitics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 1/17/2014

    " Friedman looks into his crystal ball, analyzing the political, economic, and military options for the U.S. and the world around us. Each major region of the world is examined, including Europe, Africa, China, Russia, Japan, Mexico, etc. and how our relations with each are likely to be shaped during the next ten years. Interesting, insightful, and we'll see in ten years how good his vision might be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 1/15/2014

    " Probably the most unsettling book I have read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Cumbie | 1/5/2014

    " An enjoyable read with some weaknesses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Hill | 12/31/2013

    " I'm not smart enough to give a useful review, but I feel smarter about geopolitics after reading this book. Fascinating stuff. It provides a framework I previously lacked for better understanding world events and particularly the United States' role. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindi Bennett | 11/12/2013

    " I loved this book as much as "The Next 100 Years". I wish I could persuade everyone I know to read these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Hinsley | 11/6/2013

    " The head of Stratfor, regional realpolitic, best thing done by a highly pragmatic political commentator. Brillliant and well done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 9/5/2013

    " I like reading his books, his view on the world have taught me allot. In this book, I didn't like his view on Israel and was shocked by it. It was still a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Rushford | 2/26/2013

    " It put what going on in the world right now into prospective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anton | 2/13/2013

    " Now as mindblowingly awesome as his "The Next 100 Years", but a fun read nonetheless. If you like geopolitics, you must get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jc | 2/2/2012

    " Very interesting and informative. A good description of why stuff happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ric | 7/27/2011

    " Not as good as The Next Century. "

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About the Author

George Friedman is the founder and CEO of Stratfor, the world’s leading private intelligence company. He is frequently called upon as a media expert and is the author of four books, including America’s Secret War, and numerous articles on national security, information warfare, computer security, and the intelligence business. He lives in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

Bruce Turk is an actor who has appeared in television series such as Numb3rs, ER, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Third Watch. Also a narrator, he has read numerous audiobooks, including Easy Money by Jens Lapidus and The Good Father by Noah Hawley.