I am reading Morris Berman’s ‘Neurotic Beauty - An Outsider’s Look at Japan’. It is a great book and very insightful on people and history. Strangely, I cannot find any link at Amazon, although I remember seeing it a few weeks back.
Based on his earlier books, I find Berman far more insightful than George Friedman. In fact, the difference is so great that even making such a comparison would be insulting to Berman. No wonder he packed up and moved outside USA, while Friedman became the chief adviser of various government agencies.