What We’re Reading: Generals and Trades

Weekly reviews of what's on our bookshelves.

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General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman By Ed Cray George Marshall was a gentleman. He was strong. He could tell a man that the man had failed and must resign. He could do that because he understood that his duty was to make the Army strong during World War II and that, given this duty, he had no right to weaken the United States by putting the needs of anyone over those of the country. He was certainly courteous and adopted the good manners of his time, but that didn’t make him a gentleman. Knowing his duty and subordinating everything, even kindness, to that duty was essential. “General of the Army” by Ed Cray reveals no obvious examples of cruelty, and some of generosity, but none which would pose a challenge to Marshall’s duty. When WWII broke out, the U.S. Army was pitifully small and unprepared. Since Marshall was chief of staff of the Army, it was his responsibility to build and ready a military that could fight both Germany and Japan and collaborate with a Navy that would protect the waters over which his soldiers had to go. It is said that he carried a […]

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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.

Valentina Jovanovski
Valentina Jovanovski is an editor at Geopolitical Futures. She works with analysts to hone their writing and handles daily digital publishing and communication of analytical content to subscribers. Ms. Jovanovski was previously an analyst at a research firm focusing on corporate social responsibility before moving to London, England, to earn a diploma in journalism. She worked in Budapest for two years as a freelance journalist, writing for several international publications. She was also an associate editor for an English-language Hungarian news portal. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.