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Book Review:”The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century” by George Friedman

January 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Technology

What do you get when combine forecasting with a James Clancy storyline? “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century” by George Friedman.
The first thing that pleasantly surprised me about this book is the amount of historical perspective that the author includes to help setup and validate his predictions for the next 100 years. As we’ve all learned in school, history is the best predictor of the future.

Next, I was originally shocked by some of his predictions about the world powers to be in the future, but I think the author does a solid job of walking you through his reasoning. I had to resist making any quick judgments about the book until the end.

Overall, I think it’s an interesting perspective on the next 100 years. As the author even acknowledges, it’s unlikely that he got everything (even a majority) of the predictions spot on. But I bet many of the general concepts will hold up very well.

Towards the later chapters of this book, some of the future predictions get a little whacky. For example, I seriously doubt in the next 30 years Japan will setup multiple bases on the moon. But then again, you never know.

I also believe that China will have more influence over the next 100 years than the author believes. We’ll just have to wait and see.

An easy and entertaining book to read.

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