George Friedman’s Thoughts: Fear and Loathing in Publishing a New Book

The galleys have arrived and my writing is officially ended. The book is now in the hands of Doubleday’s production and marketing department and will be released in late February. Now is the time when the author is helpless and awaits the judgment of the world with fear and loathing. The loathing is for myself. I know how much I didn’t say that should have been said, and I know how much better it could have been. The fear is that maybe the audience will find out how inadequate the book is and, instead of chiding me for not doing my best, will discover that the best I could do was woefully inadequate. These are the fears of all authors, I think. We writers are by nature an arrogant bunch. We speak on things, great and small, with a sense of authority that is stunning. My new book is on the cycles of American history and the manner in which Americans, with regularity, engage in a social and political spasm – a fear and a loathing of each other driven by the rapidity with which America changes. After the mutual rage ends, the U.S. goes back to what it was […]

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George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.

His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media. For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University.