a fascinating, eye-opening and often shocking look at what lies ahead for the u. s. and the world from one of our most incisive futurists. in his thought-provoking new book, george friedman, founder of stratfor-the preeminent private intelligence and forecasting firm-focuses on what he knows best, the future. positing that civilization is at the dawn of a new era, he offers a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century all based on his own thorough analysis and research. for example, the u. s. -jihadist war will be replaced by a new cold war with russia; china's role as a world power will diminish; mexico will become an important force on the geopolitical stage; and new technologies and cultural trends will radically alter the way we live (and fight wars). riveting reading from first to last, the next 100 years is a fascinating exploration of what the future holds for all of us. .