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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Sept. 10 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812982223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812982220
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[An] ambitious and challenging new book . . . [The Revenge of Geography] displays a formidable grasp of contemporary world politics and serves as a powerful reminder that it has been the planet’s geophysical configurations, as much as the flow of competing religions and ideologies, that have shaped human conflicts, past and present.”—Malise Ruthven, The New York Review of Books
 
“Robert D. Kaplan, the world-traveling reporter and intellectual whose fourteen books constitute a bedrock of penetrating exposition and analysis on the post-Cold War world . . . strips away much of the cant that suffuses public discourse these days on global developments and gets to a fundamental reality: that geography remains today, as it has been throughout history, one of the most powerful drivers of world events.”—The National Interest
 
“Kaplan plunges into a planetary review that is often thrilling in its sheer scale . . . encyclopedic.”—The New Yorker
 
“[The Revenge of Geography] serves the facts straight up. . . . Kaplan’s realism and willingness to face hard facts make The Revenge of Geography a valuable antidote to the feel-good manifestoes that often masquerade as strategic thought.”—The Daily Beast
 
“[A] remarkable new book . . . With such books as Balkan Ghosts and Monsoon, Kaplan, an observer of world events who sees what others often do not, has already established himself as one of the most discerning geopolitical writers of our time. The Revenge of Geography cements his status.”—National Review


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About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of sixteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where his work has appeared for three decades. He was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine has twice named him one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.


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In Kaplan's view, physical landscapes are at the heart of a proper understanding of how world history continues to unfold. The patterns of political, social and economic change that we look to explore, extrapolate and explain have, according to Kaplan, their origin in the geographical world of land and water. Every which way you cut it, the earth has its own physical barriers, channels, frontiers, and open spaces that define how we live as expanding entities that both connect and conflict with each other in critical ways. What I like about Kaplan's analysis is that it looks at what has happened up till now in order to speculate into the future. There are a number of global break-out points where geopolitically aggressive countries and regions such as Russia, China, United States, India, the Middle-East and the European Union may be looking to spread their influence into the rimlands just beyond their present borders in an attempt to secure their economic futures. Everything from water to oil to crops to minerals to trade are up for grabs. Case by case, Kaplan shows how geography is that complex function of land-man relationships that can potentially be a game breaker in radically changing the political boundaries of this old world. The ability to build roads and canals, to occupy and settle conquered lands, to adjust varying climates, to secure one's own territory against a counter invasion of sorts and forge effective relationships with other societies are all major dynamics in the pursuit in the quest for world domination.Read more ›
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I really loved this book and it reinforces my conviction that one of the most important subjects in school is geography - the interrelationships of physical, cultural and economic conditions - which is also one of the most poorly taught subjects in our schools. The author makes a case for geographic determinism but is not obsessive about it. More importantly, he shows how geographic elements like mountain ranges, oceans, river systems, latitude, natural resources, collections of people in tribes and nations do have an impact on how our world works. The accompanying maps are very useful and I am keeping them on hand for future reference as I read the news. Before reading the book I sort of knew where places were but now I can really see the bigger picture and understand much better what is going on in the power politics of today.
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the TEXT IS TRULLY GREAT, but the reading lucks nuance, it is correct spelling but computer like - I expected more like radio reading and I was dissapointed.

The format on CDrom doesn't let you even to stop and start from where you left ; it starts always from the first chapter of the book.

but again - it is that kind of book that I thind is great on paper with maps and to pace your reading to absorb the story. amazing information and Robert D. Kaplan is FASCINATING
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By marsha l. reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 5 2015
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The book has very interesting points but I found the writing style very long winded and boring so there was no real excitement for me.
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