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    A major new book by New York Times best-selling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman (The Next 100 Years, The Next Decade) with a bold thesis about coming conflict in the world, this provocative work examines the geopolitical flashpoints - particularly in Europe - in which imminent future conflicts are brewing.

    George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture. Analyzing the fault lines that have existed for centuries - and which have led to two world wars and dozens more conflicts - Friedman walks us through the "flashpoints" that are still smoldering beneath the surface and are on course to erupt again.

    In Flashpoints, George Friedman begins with a fascinating history of the events leading up to the horrific wars that nearly tore apart Western civilization - killing over 100 million people on the "civilized" European continent. Modern-day Europe, and the formation of the European Union, were designed to minimize the built-in geopolitical tensions that led to catastrophic war, but as Friedman shows with a mix of history and cultural analysis, those plans have failed. "Flashpoints" are now simmering as dangerously as in the early twentieth century. Zeroing in on half a dozen locations, borderlands, and cultural dynamics, George Friedman does what few historians can - he explains precisely how certain trends are unstoppable, and what the future holds... both in terms of conflict and also opportunity. Flashpoints also explains in riveting detail how events in Europe will affect the rest of the world.

    ©2015 George Friedman (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    • John
    • 21/02/2015

    Important Reading: Old Grievances Do Not Go Away

    This is an important book for anyone interested in contemporary geopolitics. Friedman takes us on a quick tour of European history which focuses on the rise of Germany three times: As an economic and military power leading to World War I, as a military power under Hitler, and as the greatest post-war economic power. Now being a rich, but militarily weak, country, Friedman explains the many challenges that Germany faces for itself, and that it creates for the rest of Europe. His discussion also chronicles the reemergence of Russia, and its need to move its "buffer" to the west, having been re-positioned far to the east after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Friedman also weighs in on the enigma of France and how it is neither really a northern European economic power or a weak southern European country, but a curious mixture of both. And, of course, Great Britain's role is analyzed. No longer a world power, Britain needs Europe and keeps a watchful eye on it, but does not really want to commit to the European Union. Friedman's most incisive discussion, however, involves borderlands across the quilt of many nations that form Europe. Some borderlands are peaceful and will likely remain that way, while others--most notably Ukraine--form the flashpoint for future conflicts. Friedman's main point is that the contention that the European Union ushered in an age of prosperity for all that made conflict and war a thing of the past is simply not true. Very thought provoking. I may listen again.

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    • Luke
    • 10/10/2015

    Some great insights waterlogged by baseless speculation

    Some great insights in this book, but George makes a number of leaps to baseless conclusions. He tries to fill the gaps with personal anecdote but this fails to prop up a chicken little argument. In the end you feel like you've had a long conversation with your smart but a little bit melodramatic uncle.

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    • Computer Nut
    • 12/09/2015

    Must better than what I expected

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    The thoroughness of the writer's dig into history was impressive. I learned so much from this book and yearn to determine what else he wrote that comes close to this book in terms of quality and interest.

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    • Kyle
    • 02/09/2015

    very interesting & informative!

    I had hesitations initially about being bored. did not happen! very informative and very interesting. highly recommend to any American looking for insight into European history.

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    • Henrik
    • 13/06/2015

    Razor sharp insights into European politics

    A mix of anecdotes and stark history lessons. Going through the individual borderlands of Europe, Friedman provides some interesting insight at every turn and twist. He makes the actions and considerations of politicians seem more rational, given the historical context and demographic they are operating in. Recommended to all european politicians.

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    • Stephen Goldenberg
    • 04/04/2015

    Most important book I've ever read.

    Should be read in high school and in adult book clubs. It explains how the world got where it now is.

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    • DS
    • 05/02/2015

    SERIOUSLY GOOD READ

    From day one the Euro was a deeply flawed currency (one currency with 13+ different fiscal policies.... really?) and the financial crisis of 2008-9, and Europe's inability to cope with differing needs, led to +25% unemployment in the weaker economies, which is resulting in the rise of far right political parties and..... George Friedman and his company Stratfor have been advising multi-national corporations for years and this book is for all of us. Great food for thought. Concise political history, well reasoned speculation on probable political reactions and insightful analysis of social dynamics make this book a must read. I can't recommend it strongly enough.

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    • alchemyiam
    • 01/03/2019

    excellent geopolitical summary for Europe

    excellent geopolitical summary for Europe's future with a look to the past included. Several predictions are already coming to pass

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    • Anonymous User
    • 08/01/2019

    Fascinating!

    Amazing personal story, profoundly deep and eye opening analysis. I am really happy I gave it a chance

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    • Dmitriy
    • 07/01/2019

    Another increadible book by George

    More in-depth analysis. I do not know anyone that sees the world more clearly and can analyze the world more thoroughly than GF.

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    • Kaiser
    • 20/03/2015

    The US view about Europe! Well done!

    Brings the geopolitical present situation about Europe straight to the point!

    It's a must to listen- if you want to understand Europe!

    Dan from Switzerland

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    • OliilO
    • 02/06/2015

    Informative & Thought Provoking

    A heavier weighting on the historical background than I would have expected but it does put the conclusions into context and reminds us of how complex and multi-faceted European history is. I would not agree with all the observations and conclusions but the book does contain some well considered insights. Makes me look at a European map in a slightly different way.

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    • Genchik
    • 29/12/2016

    Sehr gute Einblicke in die Europa! Amerikanisch-Arrogant, aber wahr.

    Der Autor kennt sich wirklich in der Materie aus und liefert sehr gute Einblicke in die europäische Geschichte sowie die Beziehungen zwischen den einzelnen Ländern und insbesondere bzgl. der Grenzgebiete (Borderlands). Oft wird die Rolle sowie der Einfluss der USA bei Europas Problemen verharmlost oder runter geredet, aber er ist am Ende des Tages ein Amerikaner und es geht um Buch schließlich um Europa. Zur Erweiterung des Horizonts sehr zu empfehlen.

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    • Markus Besold
    • 20/09/2015

    Very accurate and realistic

    Though many historical events are not questioned, the geopolitical análisis is brilliant and very sharp.

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