Search Results: "Robert D. Kaplan"


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Released: March 1, 1993

"A memorable portrait of an increasingly important region. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Timely and vivid view of the Balkans, by Kaplan (Soldiers of God, 1989). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"A provocative survey of a changing military charged—it seems ever more apparent—with making the world American, regardless of the world's view of things."
Prolific world-traveler Kaplan (Mediterranean Winter, 2004, etc.) goes where the boots are. And where they are, he suggests, there stands the American Empire. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A timely brave-new-world primer almost impossibly rich in quotable maxims. Even readers who recoil from Kaplan's prescription for global governance based on a new American imperium will find this empowering instant classic essential ammunition for any debate about what to do next."
Just in time for the post-World Trade Center era, a hardheaded, eerily prescient view of American geopolitics in a dangerous century. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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

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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 >

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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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

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Released: Nov. 9, 2000

"As with all of Kaplan's work, solid journalism combines with a gloomy sense of history to produce a worthy study."
More travels to difficult places in search of future geopolitical nightmares. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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 >