• by George Friedman
  • Narrated by George Friedman, Bruce Turk
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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An excellent book on the past, present and future geopolitical challenges Europe faces.

If you have a growing interest in this topic, then this is the book. The issues are not sensationalised, rather, a solid case for future outcomes explored.
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- William

Interesting primer on the Geopolitics of Europe

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a book for those who are interested in European politics. It is not necessarily about the European Union but it exposes many of the absurdities of the Union

What other book might you compare Flashpoints to, and why?

George Friedman's other books; particularly The Next 10 Years and (to a lesser extent) The Next 100 Years are worthwhile also to gain an idea of the wider world. The Next Ten Years was written 5 years ago now so we are half way through the period in question. Nevertheless , it makes sense and gives a better understanding of why things happen. One example is that Friedman (remember written in 2010) argues that it makes a lot of sense for Russia to be more assertive on it's European border nations and goes as far to predict that, sometime mid-decade, Russia will assert its will on Ukraine. Not all parts as prescient but the background and the arguments used are clear and logical

Which character – as performed by George Friedman and Bruce Turk – was your favourite?

The start of the book is read by George Friedman himself and describes his personal connection to Europe. It is interesting and, whilst not a natural performer, engaging because of the personal element. Bruce Turk is an excellent reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book was too long for a single listen.

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- J. C. Ward

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-01-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio