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Friedman is in serious need of an editor The first two sections, which intend to provide a brief history of 500 years of European history, are too short to be useful and too long to be interesting The third part, which actually discusses the flashpoints of the title, is often unfocused and rambling Interesting idea, but it should either have been a long form article on the European flashpoints of the third section, or a shorter book that provided afocused discussion of flashpoints aroun Friedman is in serious need of an editor The first two sections, which intend to provide a brief history of 500 years of European history, are too short to be useful and too long to be interesting The third part, which actually discusses the flashpoints of the title, is often unfocused and rambling Interesting idea, but it should either have been a long form article on the European flashpoints of the third section, or a shorter book that provided afocused discussion of flashpoints around the globe Geopolitics of today s Europe and how WWI and WW2 reflect on it Geography, and nationalistic identity play great role.Japan defeated in WWII is not allowed to have real army, yet Germany is, why Because of Cold War and Germany s proximity to Russia so Americans armed them, and muchstuff like that in the book.But I don t agree on the pessimistic view And I am not relying on this book for predicting the future, I am here only for the historical information especially that I never read abo Geopolitics of today s Europe and how WWI and WW2 reflect on it Geography, and nationalistic identity play great role.Japan defeated in WWII is not allowed to have real army, yet Germany is, why Because of Cold War and Germany s proximity to Russia so Americans armed them, and muchstuff like that in the book.But I don t agree on the pessimistic view And I am not relying on this book for predicting the future, I am here only for the historical information especially that I never read about WWI and WWII I was fearing that the Jewish American author with Hungarian parents who escaped WW2 will exaggerate the horrible Holocaust, not being biased in the process, but no, he was far from that and even show how he and her parents are glad for what Horthy the leader of Hungary who cooperated with Germany did Horthy conceded the deportation of 100,000 In Europe at that time, this was what humanitarianism had degenerated into A man who collaborated in killing only 100,000 but kept perhaps 800,000 others alive a bit longer was doing the best that could have been expected of him.Then speaking of Hitler At certain point there are actions by states that defy rational analysis I have tried to understand Hitler s view of the Jews and imagine what he was thinking The decision to kill Jews had a logic, however bizarre, as we shall see later But the decision to kill the Hungarian Jews in the face of the urgent need to focus all resources, at a time when the Allies were clearly planning to come ashore in France and the Red Army was surging westward, is a decision that is extremely difficult to follow The logic does not work The book isn t boring, it s filled with interesting stories, and add to that the poetic style of the author, at least in the beginning, where he makes Ode To Joy and Odyssey and Faust metaphors, I didn t think his poetic style is that good but at least he s trying But the personal style in the first chapter, where he shows the history of Hungary and WW2 through the journey of his parents and his older and himself six months years old escaping the Nazis, you re suspended in the story and when they are finally in New York safe and sound you find that you learned a lot about the complex situation of WW2 They managed to escape Hungary to Austria through Czech because Stalin wanted to weaken England by befriending the Israelis, confused already Copernicus showed that Earth is not the center of the universe, Columbus showed that Europe is not the center of Earth, Luther showed that the Catholic Church is not the center of Europe every individual is the center, no one holds the absolute truth, certainty was going, nationalism and other things developed, conflict and conflict Romantic nationalism rested on a commonality of culture, language, and religion, something it had in common with all other countries thus, it was not superior to any Therefore romantic nationalism could no longer mova a cynical and exhausted country, angry about what had happened Germany after WW1 Hitler believed that to resurrect Germany he had to resurrect pride He redefined the foundation of nation, from culture to blood, from real history to toal myth The Grimm brothers saw myth as an element of the nation Hitler saw myth Teutonic knights , along with blood, as its essence When Hitler charged the Jews with being responsible for both capitalism and communism, he saw both as flowing from the same source, the Enlightenment Job well done from the Master of geopoliticsDeep understanding of the roots of European conflicts of the the last 500 years of its history It makes a fascinating and enlightening read A little sad, maybe, because of the clear understanding that the wars are far from over Nothing new for me More then that, it actually proofed my own predictions which I shared in my own writing see my novel Fort Ross. Highly recommended if you are interested in the World War 1 2 and the geopolitics of Europe and Russia George Friedman puts a lot of effort to make it so easy to understand Every page is worth reading Highly recommended if you are interested in the World War 1 2 and the geopolitics of Europe and Russia George Friedman puts a lot of effort to make it so easy to understand Every page is worth reading If you watch or read international news in a state of befuddlement which is where I find myselfoften than not , this book is for you Flashpoints the Emerging Crisis in Europe is a good overview of Europe with some interesting analysis The author looks backward covers the last 500 years, with a focus on colonialism how it has spawned so many of today s problems He explains why the geography of Europe is crucial to understanding it why are mountainous regions so volatile, why is If you watch or read international news in a state of befuddlement which is where I find myselfoften than not , this book is for you Flashpoints the Emerging Crisis in Europe is a good overview of Europe with some interesting analysis The author looks backward covers the last 500 years, with a focus on colonialism how it has spawned so many of today s problems He explains why the geography of Europe is crucial to understanding it why are mountainous regions so volatile, why is there such a difference between Northern Europe Southern Europe In Chapter One the author describes how his family managed to escape from Hungary after WW II, it is dramatic explains his unique perspective By itself it is a fascinating tale on its own.The spends a great deal of time explaining how things have played out on the borders of Europe how they continue to show signs of strain that are potentially revealing about how Europe is slowly tearing itself apart Though he states that she is forced to we see that Germany is once again exploiting the rest of Europe this is clearly evident when you examine the size sources of the economic imbalances being created in Europe.Mr Friedman also writes of the effects of liberalism, the enlightenment scholars philosophers Hitler explains the growing seeds of nationalism that were always brewing He raises answers many interesting questions How did Germany end up starting two world Wars yet is the most prosperous country in Europe today What is the European Union EU why is it in such turmoil today Most importantly, why does Russia continue to threaten Europe It is a good read, helps a great deal in making some sense from what is happening in Europe today I picked up this book because I am living in Europe for another 18 months and wanted a bit of forewarning or basic knowledge of what I could expect to see in European politics and economics prior to my leaving Since my second tour of living in England, I have seen the Scottish Independence referendum, the Brexit vote, numerous terrorist incidents, austerity measures, and the rise of hard right wing parties gainingpolitical clout and votes across Europe The book is broken down into three I picked up this book because I am living in Europe for another 18 months and wanted a bit of forewarning or basic knowledge of what I could expect to see in European politics and economics prior to my leaving Since my second tour of living in England, I have seen the Scottish Independence referendum, the Brexit vote, numerous terrorist incidents, austerity measures, and the rise of hard right wing parties gainingpolitical clout and votes across Europe The book is broken down into three sections the Enlightenment Era and the beginnings of modern science the thirty one years from the start of World War I to the end of World War II and a regional look at the current political and economic climate of today s Europe I hope the reader likes a lot of European history, because 2 3rds of the book is just that, with an additional introduction that tells the story of how Friedman s family escaped Europe and came to America Honestly, I wished I had skipped the introduction and first section of the book it had nothing to do with the rest of the book Section two s history focus related and influenced what you will read in the third section, so please start there Section two s history lesson is very basic, but puts all readers regardless of their depth in World War II and modern European history on the same page and ready for the third section s content I like how the third section was organized and I found the multiple maps of the region very useful my geography skills get weaker the farther east I go into Europe Germany and Russia are the dominant players within a lot of the third section s content Luckily, I found no Muslim bashing when the conflicts arise between the Muslim and Christian world views, there was a balance to the writing and a depth of knowledge given Friedman is definitely in the camp of viewing the EU and NATO as too weak to be of anything effective or significant I found my knowledge growing of little talked about regions such as the Balkans and Baltic states as I read their respective chapters I was disappointed in the chapter on Britain there wasn t much talk of the upcoming as of the date published, Brexit was just in the beginnings of the campaign stages EU referendum, the Scottish Independence referendum vote was swept under the rug, and there was no talk about the growing popularity of the UK Independence Party UKIP or the rise in both Islamphobia and anti Semitism the UK editions of the newspaper The Guardian has a few articles on the latter you should check out There was also very little to no talk of the backlash to the austerity measures the Tories have enacted The crisis point here may be internal, but no less flammable, as the riots and demonstrations have shown Overall, a good primer for Americans to learningabout European politics and economics today and what to look for in the near future But it would also help to read newspaper and magazine articles from specific countries as well to keep your knowledge accurate and up to date First, I m a George Friedman fan His perceptions of Geopolitics I find not only refreshing but well articulated and persuasive His arguments are primarily based on the hard reality of how Geography often determinesof international politics than people Leaders are ultimately forced to react to their Geography and that translates to the same conflicts re occurring over and over again in the same areas He argues that Europe s dark past is still alive and well just under the current veneer First, I m a George Friedman fan His perceptions of Geopolitics I find not only refreshing but well articulated and persuasive His arguments are primarily based on the hard reality of how Geography often determinesof international politics than people Leaders are ultimately forced to react to their Geography and that translates to the same conflicts re occurring over and over again in the same areas He argues that Europe s dark past is still alive and well just under the current veneer of wealth and prosperity and that the forces that drove conflict in the past will rear their demonic heads onceTo him there are 4 Europes and each is pulling in a different direction The other problem the EU is facing is that they are Wealthy but Weak which is a dangerous combination because sooner or later human nature in that situation seeks to balance out that discrepancy I wouldn t say this is one of Friedman s better books but it felt extremely pertinent given the recent events in Europe with Britain s exit from the EU &DOWNLOAD KINDLE ☂ Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe ⇝ A major new book by New York Times bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman The NextYears , with a bold thesis about coming events in Europe This provocative work examines flashpoints, unique geopolitical hot spots where tensions have erupted throughout history, and where conflict is due to emerge again There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a MagicBall The New York Times MagazineWith remarkable accuracy, George Friedman has forecasted coming trends in global politics, technology, population, and culture In Flashpoints,Friedman focuses on Europe the world s cultural and power nexus for the past five hundred years until now Analyzing the most unstable, unexpected, and fascinating borderlands of Europe and Russia and the fault lines that have existed for centuries and have been ground zero for multiple catastrophic wars Friedman highlights, in an unprecedentedly personal way, the flashpoints that are smoldering once again The modern day European Union was crafted in large part to minimize built in geopolitical tensions that historically have torn it apart As Friedman demonstrates, with a mix of rich history and cultural analysis, that design is failing Flashpoints narrates a living history of Europe and explains, with great clarity, its most volatile regions the turbulent and ever shifting land dividing the West from Russia a vast area that currently includes Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania the ancient borderland between France and Germany and the Mediterranean, which gave rise to Judaism and Christianity and became a center of Islamic life Through Friedman s seamless narrative of townspeople and rivers and villages, a clear picture of regions and countries and history begins to emerge Flashpoints is an engrossing analysis of modern day Europe, its remarkable past, and the simmering fault lines that have awakened and will be pivotal in the near future This is George Friedman s most timely and, ultimately, riveting book I had been intending to read a current political economic analysis of Europe and its challenges for the future, considering the 2008 financial crisis and its fallout, the possibility of countries opting out of the EU, and the strategic implications of recent Russian intervention in the Ukraine This is not that book, as I quickly found out, but I decided to see what Friedman had to say.Friedman, according to the publisher s blurb on the jacket flap, founded Stratfor, the world s leading private I had been intending to read a current political economic analysis of Europe and its challenges for the future, considering the 2008 financial crisis and its fallout, the possibility of countries opting out of the EU, and the strategic implications of recent Russian intervention in the Ukraine This is not that book, as I quickly found out, but I decided to see what Friedman had to say.Friedman, according to the publisher s blurb on the jacket flap, founded Stratfor, the world s leading private intelligence company One envisions some sort of trench coat antics, but in fact, my research determined that Friedman has gathered a group of people to scour publicly available information and then assemble that into a package sold to clients willing to spend 40,000 per year for a subscription In one Atlantic article, the author said that leading foreign policy analysts think of Friedman as a businessman repackaging last week s The Economist articles for his unsuspecting clients My research also indicated that in at least a few of Friedman s previous best selling books, he made predictions about Japan, the next decade, and the next 100 years In the case of Japan, The Coming War with Japan , he was reportedly spectacularly wrong about nearly everything he predicted As an aside while doing so, I found information regarding a hack of Stratfor s computers by Anonymous It seems that they hacked emails, including one that announced Friedman s resignation Security experts determined that Stratfor had no firewalls protecting their data Hmm Although I by now suspected that this belonged to that class of books that contain very little astute analysis but whose authors have an astute pulse on what sells, I plunged in.Friedman knows that what a lot of readers want to hear is about is violence, particularly the possibility of war s breaking out, and so this book is extremely light on global economics and globalization, and heavy on the political As such, he seized on the motif of the haunting past, the premise that Europe has demons that it will never be rid of, and that the European mind which he leaves unexplained is fragmenting For him, Europe yes, apparently everyone has forgotten the bad and the lessons of history When it suits him, he makes bald assertions about Europe in general or a particular country without a cohesive argument before sprinting to his next conclusion of what is happening or will soon happen Have you ever noticed that the predictions in these books are always negative Sometimes he relates entire paragraphs of historical facts before some baffling statement pops up Apparently, he discerns that his target audience is a bit ignorant about European history, so a complete Rehash Lite of the last 500 years is in the offing But, goodness me So much has to be left out, so Friedman cherrypicks just the stuff that will bolster his assured opinions in fact, the entire book can be considered a long editorial piece, or the ultimate blog entry of a mind leaping from one flashpoint to another, crossing those borderlands that have continued to foment so much military mischief in the past He starts off, however, with his personal story as the infant son of Hungarian Jews fleeing 1949 Budapest having luckily survived the Holocaust It s an interesting tale that is not without its baffling omissions suddenly they are somehow able to skirt being caught I have to admit that I may have seen too many WWII films about betrayal to suppress some unease in this section Basically, the section helps to add some 20 pages to the book lessening the drudgery of composing the next 100 pages covering those 500 years that you should remember from history class but were too busy shooting spitballs at Tommy at the time.On page 28, we get a map of the world labeled Muslim population , showing a shaded area that includes most of India What is the shading supposed to mean India has a population of over a billion people, but only 13% of that is Muslim This map appears in a chapter primarily about Christian exploration of the world, so it s puzzling as to its intent Sometimes I found myself thinking, really 1912 was a very good year for Europe No one saw WWI coming Yow I bet a lot of historians would reel at those two But compounding the problems is the extremely poor editing or rather, lack thereof of our author s egregious factual errors On page 109, the population of Britain is stated to be 94 million it doesn t matter if he s talking about the 1950 s or today the number has to somewhere downwards of 60 million, the current estimate Oops But wait, I forgot about page 83, and the first sentence of Chapter 5 he states that Hitler committed suicide on May 5, 1945, not April 30, the actual date I fact checked those online in less than thirty seconds Friedman thanks Rob Bloom in the Acknowledgments for his close editing Well, you can pick who to blame I knew that those were mistakes immediately, so it just made me think, what else is just blatantly wrong Why the rush to publish a book so full of errors His discussion of Nazism is one example of where he just runs wild with his own beliefs without justification He equates Nazism with nihilism without building a case for that claim Also, even as a Jew he seems not to understand that Hitler was able to blame Jews for German woes because of many centuries of anti Semitism and subsequent blame for calamities such as the bubonic plague in the 1300 s The causes of both World Wars were the same, he says Gee, is there anyone who might dispute that Again, it s stated without further comment.Whew Only 100 pages to go To be fair, there is some informative stuff here if you haven t been reading a newspaper or watching your favorite cable news station But if you are a close follower of European events, then a lot of this you already know Now he argues that EU is fragmenting and he implies that this is irreversible there s no unless because they haven t been able to deal with the 2008 crisis, wars in the Balkans and the Ukraine, etc Well, the EU was only formed right when the Balkans blew up, and it s an economic union, not a military one So he blames them for not using military action, while at the same time acknowledging that NATO is primarily an American affair with token European effort By the way, where is the map of NATO countries that would have been useful to the reader I mean, he spends a fair number of page on themBut one of the most ridiculous at least, for me notions is that resentment of Germany from Greece and unnamed others , and a subsequent hostile public reaction in Germany, might push Germany into an alliance with Russia Wow Shades of Hitler and Stalin Does anyone else find this one absurd Maybe an action filled sci fi could be written around that premise note to filmmakers don t forget the exploding helicopters I love those Have to wonder if some of these 4 and 5 star reviews read the same book I did I understand the desire to immortalise one s family background, especially when it has been so fraught and full of courage and risk However the amount of it included in this book, along with a very patchy whistlestop tour of VERY selective points in European history, took up half the volumeway too much irrelevancy.The analysis of the meat of the publication was also profoundly unconvincing There was little actua Have to wonder if some of these 4 and 5 star reviews read the same book I did I understand the desire to immortalise one s family background, especially when it has been so fraught and full of courage and risk However the amount of it included in this book, along with a very patchy whistlestop tour of VERY selective points in European history, took up half the volumeway too much irrelevancy.The analysis of the meat of the publication was also profoundly unconvincing There was little actual analysis, and even less in the way of supporting evidence The snippets of history used were cherry picked and often not given a full context this made it harder to trust believe the results of the author s analysis There was a lot of anecdotal description in place of professional level depiction There were strange, Amerocentric assumptions about what Europe is, thinks, wants, or will be in the future There were huge,sweeping generalizations made about people or nations or that continent as a whole The whole thing felt shallow and narrow, which made the hawkish viewpoints difficult to trust As it s written by someone in the business of being paid for geopolitical advice, I suppose emphasizing aggression and crisis makes sense It is an easy, well written volume that could certainly be enjoyed out of general interest in the region The author is an accomplished writer and it seems like he could produce a very successful book on his fascinating family history.But I couldn t possibly recommend it to anyone for academic level reading, and I d be highly concerned if policy makers were using it to inform their world view