Search Results: "Robert D. Kaplan"


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ASIA'S CAULDRON by Robert D. Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2014

"An up-and-down examination in which the author claims that the future of the Pacific Rim will be decided not by what China does but by what America does."
A foreign policy expert looks at the major players in the Southeast Asia Pacific Rim and their nervous watching of what China will do. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A clarity of vision remains, however, that demands our attention. (Author tour)"
Journey to America's west in search of a nation that may no longer exist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Interestingly written throughout and brought into the present with a memorable visit to the arch-traveler Patrick Leigh Fermor: a standout travel book, and a literate companion to places less remote than Kaplan now haunts."
A departure for a geopolitical gloom-and-doom Atlantic Monthly reporter: a book of travels to places where he's not being shot at and whose inhabitants are not busily butchering one another. Read full book review >

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EARNING THE ROCKIES by Robert D. Kaplan
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Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A text both evocative and provocative for readers who like to think."
As our geography has long insulated us from foreign invasion, so has it shaped our temperament and enabled us to become a world power, a category we must modify but continue to inhabit. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"A relentlessly admiring portrait of our armed services, but without the traditional overlay of patriotic homilies."
Absorbing continuation of Imperial Grunts (2005), with journalist Kaplan visiting American military forces in another dozen nations as they work to spread the influence of the world's leading imperial power—a phrase that he insists describes us just as it once did Britain and Rome. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Kaplan does not promote Romania, but he has written a journalistic tour de force that will convince readers that it's a fascinating place whose people, past, and current geopolitical dilemma deserve our attention."
Romania was a journalistic backwater when the author's bestselling Balkan Ghosts appeared in 1993. In this equally captivating sequel, veteran journalist Kaplan (Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific, 2014, etc.) brings matters up to 2015.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Such historical generalizations come so fast and furious, so isolated from such factors as politics, education, culture, technology, and the mass media, that they may well leave readers who persevere past the scintillating title essay unedified and disoriented."
Nine highly uneven pieces on current and future international politics by the prolific contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly (An Empire Wilderness, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1996

"But for sheer entertainment, vigor, sharp observation, and thoughtful comparison, Kaplan takes a lot of beating."
A ``brief romp'' through West Africa, Egypt, Iran, Central Asia, western China, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, and Cambodia by Atlantic Monthly contributing editor Kaplan (Balkan Ghosts, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A solid work of acuity and breadth."
Kaplan (Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, 2010, etc.) sagely plots global territorial transformations from the United States to China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"A useful, teeming point of departure for exploring these up-and-coming Eurasian dynamos."
An ambitious, somewhat amorphous look at the many "transition zone[s]" comprising traditional trading posts along the Indian Ocean that are now emerging as important strategic flashpoints. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1999

"Full of ideas but going nowhere in particular, which is perhaps what the author intended all along. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
Part history, part philosophy, with some story problems thrown in for good measure: a wandering tale of the origins and uses of the number zero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 20, 2018

"Enough time has passed for some of Kaplan's forecasts to develop cracks—e.g., China has not yet stumbled—but much rings true, and all are presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years."
The veteran political affairs journalist returns with a collection of essays that have been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and other venues. Read full book review >