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Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond
Title:Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond
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Number of Pages:448
Category:Military, History, Non fiction, Military history, War, Travel
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The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy, Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific, The Revenge Of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus, Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War, Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Requires a Pagan Ethos, Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond, Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
From the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia Bosnia and Croatia the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century the place where terrorism and genocide first became tools of policy Chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by i The New York Times i and greeted with critical acclaim as the most insightful and timely work on the Balkans to date i The Boston Globe i Kaplan s prescient enthralling and often chilling political travelogue is already a modern classic br br This new edition includes six opinion pieces written by Robert Kaplan about the Balkans between l and beginning just after the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and ending after the conclusion of the Kosovo war with the removal of Slobodan Milosevic from power, A fascinating unprecedented first hand look at the soldiers on the front lines on the Global War on Terror Plunging deep into midst of some of the hottest conflicts on the globe Robert D Kaplan takes us through mud and jungle desert and dirt to the men and women on the ground who are leading the charge against threats to American security These soldiers fighting in thick Colombian jungles or on dusty Afghani plains are the forefront of the new American foreign policy a policy being implemented one soldier at a time As Kaplan brings us inside their thoughts feelings and operations these modern grunts provide insight and understanding into the War on Terror bringing the war which sometimes seems so distant vividly to life, b b NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY i FINANCIAL TIMES br i b br From Robert D Kaplan named one of the world s Top Global Thinkers by i Foreign Policy i magazine comes a penetrating look at the volatile region that will dominate the future of geopolitical conflict b br br Over the last decade the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia With oil reserves of several billion barrels an estimated nine hundred trillion cubic feet of natural gas and several centuries worth of competing territorial claims the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future br br In i Asia s Cauldron i Robert D Kaplan offers up a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the twenty first century and their implications for global peace and stability One of the world s most perceptive foreign policy experts Kaplan interprets America s interests in Asia in the context of an increasingly assertive China He explains how the region s unique geography fosters the growth of navies but also impedes aggression And he draws a striking parallel between China s quest for hegemony in the South China Sea and the United States imperial adventure in the Caribbean more than a century ago br br To understand the future of conflict in East Asia Kaplan argues one must understand the goals and motivations of its leaders and its people Part travelogue part geopolitical primer i Asia s Cauldron i takes us on a journey through the region s boom cities and ramshackle slums from Vietnam where the superfueled capitalism of the erstwhile colonial capital Saigon inspires the geostrategic pretensions of the official seat of government in Hanoi to Malaysia where a unique mix of authoritarian Islam and Western style consumerism creates quite possibly the ultimate postmodern society and from Singapore whose benevolent autocracy helped foster an economic miracle to the Philippines where a different brand of authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos led not to economic growth but to decades of corruption and crime br br At a time when every day s news seems to contain some new story large or small that directly relates to conflicts over the South China Sea i Asia s Cauldron i is an indispensable guide to a corner of the globe that will affect all of our lives for years to come br br b Praise for i Asia s Cauldron i b br b b br i Asia s Cauldron i is a short book with a powerful thesis and it stands out for its clarity and good sense If you are doing business in China traveling in Southeast Asia or just obsessing about geopolitics you will want to read it b i The New York Times Book Review i b br br Kaplan has established himself as one of our most consequential geopolitical thinkers i Asia s Cauldron i is part treatise on geopolitics part travel narrative Indeed he writes in the tradition of the great travel writers b i The Weekly Standard i b br br Kaplan s fascinating book is a welcome challenge to the pessimists who see only trouble in China s rise and the hawks who view it as malign b i The Economist i b br br Muscular deeply knowledgeable Kaplan is an ultra realist who takes a non moralistic stance on questions of power and diplomacy b i Financial Times i b, First time in paperback with a new Introduction and final chapter br br World affairs expert and intrepid travel journalist Robert D Kaplan braved the dangers of war ravaged Afghanistan in the s living among the mujahidin the soldiers of god whose unwavering devotion to Islam fueled their mission to oust the formidable Soviet invaders In b Soldiers of God b we follow Kaplan s extraordinary journey and learn how the thwarted Soviet invasion gave rise to the ruthless Taliban and the defining international conflagration of the twenty first century br br Kaplan returns a decade later and brings to life a lawless frontier What he reveals is astonishing teeming refugee camps on the deeply contentious Pakistan Afghanistan border a war front that combines primitive fighters with the most technologically advanced weapons known to man rigorous Islamic indoctrination academies a land of minefields plagued by drought fierce tribalism insurmountable ethnic and religious divisions an abysmal literacy rate and legions of war orphans who seek stability in military brotherhood Traveling alongside Islamic guerrilla fighters sharing their food observing their piety in the face of deprivation and witnessing their determination Kaplan offers a unique opportunity to increase our understanding of a people and a country that are at the center of world events