Flash Points is both an elegant and a disturbing book. Not simply elegant in its writing style, which is direct and clear, but also in its initial discussion of the age of discovery and enlightenment that propelled the European nations into becoming world powers—you rarely find a more cogent and concise explanation of the roots of European social, cultural, political, and economic development.
Tangredi, Sam J.
"Flash Points: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, byGeorge Friedman,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 70
, Article 17.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol70/iss3/17