The Next Decade: Where We've Been--and where We're Going

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Doubleday, 2011 - Political Science - 243 pages
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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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According to me this book is not the 1/10 of "The Next 100 Years", but 10 times of it. Because "The Next 100 Years" is like prophecy, there are very detailed scenarios for 50 years later. But the predictions in "The Next Decade" are more reliable.
Some sentences are so open and so real, that I am not sure if Friedman could mention them while he was in CIA. But still I am not sure if he is not quite about some issues.

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About the author (2011)

GEORGE FRIEDMAN is the founder and CEO of Stratfor, the world's leading publisher of global geopolitical intelligence. He is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestselling The Next 100 Years. He has appeared on all the major television networks and has been featured in several national publications.

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