The Storm Before the Calm
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The Storm Before the Calm

America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond

George FriedmanDoubleday • 2020

Cyclical Changes Drive America

by David Meyer

Leading futurist and New York Times bestselling author George Friedman views the United States through the prism of constant, opposing economic and political cycles.

Futurist George Friedman, founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a forecasting company, has already written two New York Times bestsellers, The Next Decade and The Next 100 Years. In this intriguing study, Friedman argues that the United States stands on the cusp of a wrenching but necessary period that will clear the way for new prosperity. Putting great stock in historical cycles and explaining their effects on US political, social and economic fortunes, he posits that America is due for a reset in the 2020s. This illuminating work will appeal to students of history and to investors, politicians and anyone with an interest in the future of the United States.

Bloomberg named this one of its Best Books of the Year. The Wall Street Journal  called it a “prescient anticipation of our current woe…the book contains real insights.” Douglas Duncan, chief economist for Fannie Mae, praised the book’s value for a general audience but emphasized that it “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.” 


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