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Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power | [Robert D. Kaplan]

Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

On the world maps common in America, the Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the Indian Ocean region all but disappears. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed 20th century, but in the 21st century, that focus will fundamentally change. In this pivotal examination of the countries known as “Monsoon Asia”—which include India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania—best-selling author Robert D. Kaplan explains how crucial this dynamic area has become to American power.
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Publisher's Summary

On the world maps common in America, the Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the Indian Ocean region all but disappears. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed 20th century, but in the 21st century, that focus will fundamentally change. In this pivotal examination of the countries known as “Monsoon Asia”—which include India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania—best-selling author Robert D. Kaplan explains how crucial this dynamic area has become to American power. It is here that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and religious freedom will be lost or won, and it is here that American foreign policy must concentrate if the United States is to remain relevant in an ever-changing world.

From the Horn of Africa to the Indonesian archipelago and beyond, Kaplan exposes the effects of population growth, climate change, and extremist politics on this unstable region, demonstrating why Americans can no longer afford to ignore this important area of the world.

©2010 Robert D. Kaplan (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The book's political and economic focus and forecasts are smart and brim with aperçus on the intersection of power, politics, and resource consumption (especially water), and give full weight to the impact of colonialism." (Publishers Weekly)

“An intellectual treat: Beautiful writing is not incompatible with geopolitical imagination and historical flair!” (Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor)

"The audacity of Robert Kaplan’s approach to geography as fate is spellbinding. Whether you agree or disagree with his analysis and forecast that the Indian Ocean will occupy the center of global change and international politics in the coming decades, you will find this erudite study gripping and informative. It is a welcome and important addition to the debate about America’s role in a rapidly changing world." (Jim Hoagland, contributing editor, The Washington Post)

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    Simranjit 06-15-15
    Simranjit 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    excellent read, very insightful and interesting. written by an academic and well traveled man. the voice recording was also very good.

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    EM Rickman 04-23-15
    EM Rickman 04-23-15

    Casual reader, avid learner.

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    "Legitimate."
    What made the experience of listening to Monsoon the most enjoyable?

    Owing to the title, my thoughts were that the definitions of "American power" were sullied or confused in the presence of, or lack thereof, the direct discussion of such. Midway through the book, I found myself wondering when Mr. Kaplan would explicitly detail such limits, privileges or any other aspects of the American power that I assumed the book would be categorically rife with in composition, but was tested in patience for the much more holistic, comprehensive observations that make this book so enjoyable. Rather than a cookbook of palpable definitive explanations of American power, Robert employs a distinctly human prose consisting of refreshing, judicious imagery followed by staggering episodes of the human condition. With a precision that admittedly reserves its poignancy until the closing chapters, but carries genuine interest throughout, Kaplan details the geographic functionality of American power projected maritime stability and its ensuing impacts on Indian Ocean bound cultural and economic exchange. Through a colloquially objective lens, we are able to extract an enriched and versatile portrait of todays greater Indian Ocean, the forces currently at work, and the historical foundations of such, thus cognizing and extrapolating prospective observations of the future of American power per its operational effects and convincingly important role, perhaps duty, in the realm of the monsoon.


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Pruden is neither dry nor juxtaposing in his delivery. His intonations mesh well with Kaplan's affecting prose. My contention is that Monsoon was written with a humanity-minded, academically supported approach. Thus given, John Pruden skillfully blends the two in a modest, yet stirring rendition of the books unmistakably valuable narrative.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself nodding my head a lot in agreement with all manners of characters in the book, including the author himself. The book contains a scholarly wit that appropriately inspires laughter, but equally arouses the exasperated anger one feels with such unavoidable inhumanities; this evinced in response by me through gritted teeth instead of tears.


    Any additional comments?

    A hallmarking factor that I'd be dishonest in overlooking is how positive of a light America seems to be portrayed - a careful observation, less than a criticism. In spite of this, I was nonetheless contented with a positive detailing of the world's premier powerhouse. With this, the ideas are hopeful and leave me pleasantly enthralled in the abounding possibilities only known to humans not yet born.

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    Robert Scottsdale, AZ, USA 11-23-12
    Robert Scottsdale, AZ, USA 11-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend Monsoon to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, to those who have an intellictual bent. It very informative, very rich in facts, figures, data, etc. I wouldn't call it a story - it's not a story, it's history, sociology, geography, politics and religion all blended together to describe this important but mostly overlooked part of the world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this kind of book, if you read to be informed, this is a good choice. If you read for relaxation, for a good "story" then probably consider other titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Bethesda, MD, United States 06-03-12
    Loren Bethesda, MD, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A map is worth a thousand words ..."
    If you could sum up Monsoon in three words, what would they be?

    A frustrating listen. This book just doesn't cut it without visuals--which makes this a frustrating listen. The listener constantly is thinking that it would be great to look at a map or illustration to aid in visualizing the author's explanation. This is particularly true in the opening sections when the topics are about voyages, seasonal weather patterns, geographic features, etc. In his own words, "... a map of these seas is central to a historical understanding ..."It is possible that someone who really knows the geography of this region would do fine without the visuals, but somehow I don't think that makes up a large share of the possible readers. Sure it is possible to consult a few maps while reading the book, but that doesn't work well for me since I listen on my bike commute. Instead of moving this book into audible, the book should be featured as an ipad or other book that could take advantage of maps, illustrations, photos, etc. As to the content of the narrative, I found it a reasonable slice of the world to include in a single book, and the author has significant insight and has done a good job of making this into a sweep of history in a way that informs the current situation. So it is still worth the listen, particularly as some of the content covers nations and political movements that are not common topics in the Economist or other news sources.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The sections when the author talks about the history of specific rulers and nations, the solid research and narrative work well.


    Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Pruden is an ideal narrator as his voice has expression but never gets in the way of the material.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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