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The Revenge of Geography Audiobook

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

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Publisher's Summary

In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe's pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland.

Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, able to feed only twenty-three percent of its people from land that is only seven percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan's porous borders will keep it the principal invasion route into India, and a vital rear base for Pakistan, India's main enemy. Iran will exploit the advantage of being the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Finally, Kaplan posits that the United States might rue engaging in far-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of becoming a semifailed state due to drug cartel carnage.

A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century's looming cataclysms.

©2012 Robert D. Kaplan (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A solid work of acuity and breadth." (Kirkus)

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    Travis 05-29-16
    Travis 05-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you want to learn about the world, read this book."

    My favorite of Kaplan's books, and I've read most of his works. If you want to learn about the world and geopolitics, start here.

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    Jennifer Hafen 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great approach to world politics with base in determinism"

    For someone interested in geography and geopolitics, this must be of of the best sources. With his method of geographical determinism, Kaplan and his predecessors of the discipline(whom he points to throughout the book),help the reader understand the past and comprehend the future of international engagement.

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    David Jones Bethel Springs, TN United States 10-26-15
    David Jones Bethel Springs, TN United States 10-26-15
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    "How to make a fascinating idea boring."
    Would you try another book from Robert D. Kaplan and/or Michael Prichard?

    Probably.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Revenge of Geography?

    The final chapter on mexico was quite interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Prichard?

    Not deliberately. The meandering waver between monotone and whine is quite irritating in a book as long as this one.


    Did The Revenge of Geography inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it made me eager to find better books on geopolitics.


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    John Jack BC, Canada 10-02-15
    John Jack BC, Canada 10-02-15 Member Since 2013

    30-something. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Tribal Government. Local Government. History. Business and Science Fiction, mostly...

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    "Eye Opening"

    I loved this audio book. The content, the performance and the overall feel of the book was eye opening and made me appreciate the slow, inexorable push of geography on History.

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    James 08-20-15
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    "I learned a lot"

    Very good, although incredibly dense at times. It has given me a lot to think about the world around us and our future.

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    Christopher Lindale, TX, United States 05-16-15
    Christopher Lindale, TX, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Students of History & Politics must read"

    What an overall awesome view of world history and how a particular landmass can affect the outcome. Great insight on how the past and our geography will affect our future

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 03-16-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Inside the Geo-Political Think-Tank"

    I recently concluded listening to several books on various elements of world history and this was the best. At first I thought this was too dry for my taste and the narration by Michael Prichard brought to mind the voice-overs of old Cinema news-reels. But after paying attention for several hours I began to track with the writer and discovered that Kaplan is in touch with current academic thought and is able to distill information from a wide variety of sources and relate it in a fashion that is understandable for the layman. Despite the title, this is not an unmitigated defense of geographical determinism. This books does, however, put forth many examples from history of people groups who—for a time—defy the restrictions of topography, in ambitious exploits of martial glory, only to succumb to the inevitable forces of the lands in which they live. For me, this book was a glimpse into the realm of the political experts that advise the movers and shakers of the world. It is useful for those trying to make sense of the ebb and flow of ancient civilizations—and attempt to predict what may transpire in our own time.

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    Andrew 01-31-15
    Andrew 01-31-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Thought provoking"

    The book lays a good foundation to consider world events. It is refreshing not to have a partisan or political spin.

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    Martin Östlund 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating though overwhelming"

    Certainly interesting and very eloquent, yet rather compact and therefore a bit overwhelming in its presentation of fact, analysis and conjecture. Probably best sampled in smaller bites and with a map in front of you. The story of how geography has and continues to dominate world politics is eye-opening and fascinating.

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 01-27-15
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    I'm glad Kaplan's out there doing all the traveling for me. I also appreciate the historical research and analysis. It's very hard to understand what is going on in the world today, but this book helps.

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