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Fun read. The only issue I had was the future intentions of Japan. After living in and around Japanese culture for the last decade, I can almost see no scenario in which Japan would even attempt to make an attempt for war against USA. Would recommend.
The book is a well thought out and plausible scenario about the coming years. The author explains his method and maintains that based on this method conclusions can be drawn. His premise is that leaders of nations often only have but a few realistic options when facing decisions. I have observed this to be true also both in the US and abroad. I think the read is very interesting perspective and will cause an engaged reader to think. It is not for a casual reader. I really like books that offer fresh perspectives and cause me to challenge myself to understand issues. This one certainly hits that mark for me. I highly recommend it.
One more fatal flaw
I loved reading this book, but I thought the author ignored one major player, THE EUROPEAN UNION! A united Europe can and is challenging the United States. To completely blow over this fact is something which having a MA in Political Science, I believe devalues the forecasting which is otherwise beautifully done.
Reminds Me of the Board Game Risk Too Much
By Michael Pinto
The author has some good insights into geopolitics but a superficial understanding of everything else from culture to technology. The result is a ton of guessing which reads like the out takes of children playing the board game risk. So while there are some interesting ideas by the middle of the book you feel like the author is playing spin the wheel with each chapter. I have rarely quit a book in the middle but this book earned that honor.
By A Harding
I bought the audiobook and listened to it 3 times so far. It's a refreshing perspective on politics, and a fascinating narrative on the interests of nations. Worth a read.
Fascinating and plausible!
This is the best political/futurist book I've read. George, self admittedly, might not get all the details right, however his predictions are all plausible. If you are interested in geopolitics this is a must read?
Also there are "battlestars" in the book!!!