Dr. George Friedman is Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a company dedicated to forecasting the course of the international system (www.geopoliticalfutures.com). He is an internationally recognized strategist on global affairs and appears frequently in the media, and is a New York Times bestselling author of The Next 100 Years, Flashpoints,The Next Decade, The Storm Before the Calm, America's Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. Prior to founding Geopolitical Futures in 2015, Friedman was Chairman of Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence publishing and consulting firm he founded in 1996. He lives in Austin, Texas.
"[A] prescient anticipation of our current woe... the book contains
--The Wall Street Journal
"The vitriol of the Trump era masks crises in our economy and governing institutions that will deepen before resolving themselves, according to this probing and ultimately hopeful diagnosis of America's discontents . . . Friedman offers a lucid, stimulating assessment of which way the wind is blowing."
"[Friedman] offers a sharp analysis of American life, especially the roots of the knack for reinvention that allows the nation to start over after crises. Americans invented their country, he writes, and lacking shared history and culture, 'invented themselves.' Friedman also discusses the nation's reluctance to accept its responsibilities as the 'sole world power' and the tensions between its technocratic and industrial working classes. A provocative, idea-filled burst of prognostication."
"Friedman's well-written book lays out convincing cases for how the institutional and socioeconomic cycles have played out repeatedly since America's founding and how the two patterns will, for the first time, almost converge during this decade."
--Lone Star Literary Life
"This book is of obvious general interest but is essential reading for anyone with a role in strategic planning. It combines clear, interesting prose with a thought provoking projection of upcoming challenges and ultimate outcomes."
--Douglas Duncan, Chief Economist, Fannie Mae
"In The Storm Before the Calm, George applies his geopolitical forecasting model to the United States and tells a unique story of American history from our founding to today. The result is a useful dispassionate framework for understanding where we are now and where we are likely going as nation."
--Joe Daly, Gallup Senior Partner