George Friedman’s book The Next 100 Years offers a profound analysis of our past history in order to make proper predictions of the future. Friedman’s prognostication assumes that the world will pivot around the United States. The responsibility placed on the United States in this century will be great, which underscores the necessity of wise decisions. However, as Friedman observes, currently the U.S. “appears to be making a mess of things around the world (4).”
Friedman realizes that his task is doomed to some failure, but that by observing the long-term shifts taking place in full view of the world can afford some accurate predictions in the decades ahead.