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Editorial Reviews

"A timely and cogent reminder that history never ends and is about to be made." (Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography )
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Publisher's Summary

What will the world look like in 2020? Paul Cornish and Kingsley Donaldson guide us through a maze of global uncertainty in this fascinating look at the future.
With the world already struggling to contain conflicts on several continents, with security and defence expenditure under huge pressure, it's time to think the unthinkable and explore what might happen.
As former soldiers now working in defence strategy and conflict resolution, Paul Cornish and Kingsley Donaldson are perfectly qualified to guide us through a credible and utterly convincing 20/20 vision of the year 2020, from cyber security to weapons technology, from geopolitics to undercover operations.
This audiobook is of global importance, offering both analysis and creative solutions - essential listening both for decision makers and everyone who simply wants to understand our future.
©2017 Paul Cornish and Kingsley Donaldson (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton
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2 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 07-20-17


Not sure what I expected but I was disappointed by this book. I was hoping to learn something new but I didn't, at all. The scenarios the author describes have become increasingly unlikely after the UK snap elections and the out come of the French elections.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Derrick on 03-19-18

Interesting, intelligent and credible

This set of "what ifs" pays considerable homage to Sir John Hackett's "The Third World War". It fairly observes that the world is more complicated than in the late '70s and delivers an informative description of some of the complex issues facing British and NATO governments today. Some reviewers criticise it for already becoming dated as the real world deviates from its narrative. I feel that is unfair; these are not predictions but explorations of possibilities and risks. In some ways, the fact that it projects only 30 months into the future from publication indicates how unpredictable they feel the world is.

As an analysis of some of the myriad possibilities in the world, I think this works better than Hackett's rather more focused work. That is not to denigrate a book I admire thoroughly. "The Third World War" was a clear and trenchant picture of what was required and why: greater defence spending and a more determined NATO alliance. Hackett also showed how that would be important, served up in a pacy narrative which easily matches the Tom Clancy's later "Red Storm Rising".

In this work, the authors are on song with authoritative, perceptive analysis which fairly and very clearly presents the key strategic challenges of today. Where I was a little frustrated was when the book wandered into "what we should do?" territory, and in that regard it is much weaker than Hackett. Here, Hackett's clarity is replaced with vague "policy-wonk speak" about the philosophy of strategic planning and a hushed reference to more money.

In some ways I found that helpful too: I sense they struggled to come up with practical recommendations as much as anyone else. Maybe that simply underlines not only the bewildering range and complexity of challenges in the world today, but also the jam that our governments (and we) are in.

All in all, a thoughtful, well-read and intelligent piece.

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