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Sixth Form Book review: Michael Williams discusses George Friedman's 'The next 100 years.&

17 Nov 2015

Sixth Form Book review: Michael Williams discusses George Friedman's 'The next 100 years."


There could not have been a more perfect day for the review of such a book. The eerily accurate predictions of the author on the cold war set this up to be very apt for Friday 13th.

Michael Williams, studying Economics, History, Maths and Physics, had started reading this book at the end of the summer holidays. As part of the Sixth Form program of extending students, Michael was asked to review and evaluate the books key ideas. The author himself is a well-respected and successful business leader who is CEO of STRATFOR, a global intelligence and forecasting company. 

Michael started by giving an overview of the author, highlighting his 85% accuracy with the cold war and how this would serve as a fairly stark reminder when listening to his predictions for the coming 100 years.  Michael gave a superb summary, highlighting the key ideas about Russia's projected movements, the rise of Turkey, and how Poland would combine with other countries to grow and evolve.

With little mention of the UK, it was refreshing to hear about other nations and the factors that would play a part in the change. A superb review which was enjoyed by 20 students and 5 staff during their lunchtime break. With various other students preparing their own book reviews, the bar has been set very high. Well done.


Mr Dean

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George Friedman's "The next 100 years."