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Publisher's Summary

A bracing assessment of US foreign policy over the past two decades, anchored by a major new essay commissioned by the Pentagon about changing power dynamics among China, Eurasia, and America - from the best-selling author of The Revenge of Geography.

Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed for The Atlantic and deep reading that ranges from the lessons of Thucydides and Sun Tzu to contemporary outcomes in the Middle East, Robert D. Kaplan makes a powerful case for what timeless principles and factors should shape America's role in the world: a respect for the limits of Western-style democracy, a delineation between American interests versus American values, an awareness of the psychological toll of warfare, a projection of military power via a strong navy, and much more.

In a series of vivid and clear-eyed assessments, renowned foreign policy analyst Kaplan describes an increasingly unstable world - and how American strategy should adapt accordingly.

©2018 Robert D. Kaplan (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"When it comes to geopolitics and the analysis of world affairs, Robert D. Kaplan is the best in the business. These essays are not only astonishing in their breadth, depth and range, but beautifully crafted and accessible." (John Bew, professor at the War Studies department, King's College London, author of Realpolitik: A History and Castlereagh: A Life)
"A characteristically thoughtful and provocative collection of essays from Robert D. Kaplan, born of his own Marco Polo-like wanderings and rich grasp of history. Elegant and compelling, these prescient pieces are a valuable guide to the endlessly complicated geopolitics of Eurasia, and what it all means for Americans in the decades ahead." (Ambassador William J. Burns, president, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former Deputy Secretary of State)
"Robert D. Kaplan has long been one of the most unrelenting realistic commentators on the rough, mean, conflictual world disorder that has evolved since the Cold War. This compelling collection of essays on prospects for war and peace distills his insights on a wide range of crucial issues, events, and personalities. He provides a compelling antidote to the facile optimists in the ethnocentric western intelligentsia. Read it with a stiff drink in hand, but be ready to be excited." (Richard K. Betts, director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University)

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Another excellent book from Robert D. Kaplan

Recommend Marco Polo’s World as a single point of reference on today’s world, and as a gateway to his other recent books: especially Monsoon, Asia’s Cauldron, and The Revenge of Geography.

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  • heather
  • norman, OK, United States
  • 04-16-18

Ugh

I generally eat this kind of work up, not this one though. The author uses big words to seemingly impress himself, not the reader. His understanding of the US Navy, Naval strategy and tactics is non existent, but he blathers on anyway. Had to stop listening, could not finish, will not finish. Plz give me my 1 credit back that I wasted on this pile of verbal refuse

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