If you’ve been around Mark Sprague for any length of time, then there’s a good chance that you’ve heard him mention Dr. George Friedman. Friedman is the founder of a group called Stratfor (from the words Strategic Forecasts) and is well-known in Austin business circles and throughout the world for his ability to guide business and governmental decisions and predict near future market conditions and the impacts of everchanging demographics. Outside of Stratfor, Friedman has made a name for himself as an author. He is an expert on foreign relations and international policy. His last book, “The Next 100 Years” was a NY Times bestseller. Now, he is about to release his newest book, “The Next Decade”.
To help promote his book, Dr. George Friedman will be appearing at Bookpeople at 6th and Lamar this Wednesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm. If you’ve never had a chance to hear Friedman speak, this is an excellent opportunity to listen to one of the most respected experts in his field. It has been said that Friedman is as well-informed about international events and circumstances as the CIA, but puts his information and predictions out in books for all to read.
Friedman has been in the news and media a lot recently. Last week, he appeared on Fox News to discuss the events unfolding in Egypt. The February issue of Texas Monthly features a review of his book as did last weekend’s Austin American-Statesman. In the last week alone, Friedman has also been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, BBC News, and Barron’s, among many others.
If you’ve never taken the opportunity to listen to an author present at Bookpeople, we highly recommend it. The chance to hear an author speak about his or her work provides a deeper context and more meaningful accounting of the process of writing, publishing, and speaking. Bookpeople hosts numerous events every month and Wednesday’s event with Dr. George Friedman will be an excellent opportunity to listen to an accomplished author speaking about a topic that is near and dear to his heart. This blogger has attended a number of events at Bookpeople and I recommend that if you plan to attend that you arrive early so you can get a seat. Chairs fill up quickly and the standing room crowd can get quite thick, making it hard for latecomers to hear and/or see the author. Authors generally spend time after their presentations signing copies of their books, but the Bookpeople website does not specifically state if Friedman will be signing or not.
Mark Sprague holds a lot of respect for the knowledge and writing of Dr. George Friedman and he highly recommends that those who want to know more about the near future take time on Wednesday evening to attend the event. Mark may be in attendence…watch for him and be sure to stop and say ‘hello’.
To learn more about the event, visit the Bookpeople website by clicking here.
To learn more about Dr. George Friedman, click here.