Summary of Futurecast 2020

A Global Vision of Tomorrow

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Futurecast 2020 book summary
Globally interdependent economies, a population bust and the fall of the Soviet Union are shaping the world’s future.


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This is a sobering book. Many futurists evoke glowing or terrifying futures, but are hazy on the details of how the world will get from here to there. Not this one. Robert Shapiro is extremely specific. He grounds his predictions in his detailed knowledge of world events, explains the assumptions behind his reasoning, and admits where and how his forecasts may go wrong. The result is not easy reading: Shapiro’s prose is dense and his topics grim. However, his book is highly useful. Anyone engaged in serious planning for the future should read it, so getAbstract recommends it to executives, investors and concerned citizens of the world who want to know where new trends will originate.

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About the Author

Robert Shapiro served as U.S. undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs from 1997 to 2001, and is chair and co-founder of Sonecon, an economic advisory firm.

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