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The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to…

The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a…

by Robert D. Kaplan

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Extremely interesting travel book, with a lot of historical insight. A bit shallow at times, and with a clear agenda of US national interest and geopolitics, but overall a great read. ( )
  tabascofromgudreads | Apr 19, 2014 |
Good but not as good as his others. I had a hard time getting through the beginning, but it picked up as it went on. Seemed to be more abstract than his other books. ( )
  ORFisHome | Jul 13, 2009 |
This was my first and most favorite Kaplan book. I have a real interest in each of the countries he visited. I was especially intrigued about his comments on how countries develop large hydroelectric projects as a way to "belong" to the modern world. ( )
  dickcraig | Aug 18, 2008 |
Good but not as good as his others. I had a hard time getting through the beginning, but it picked up as it went on. Seemed to be more abstract than his other books. ( )
  IFREF | Apr 25, 2007 |
Robert D. Kaplan, writer of Balkan Ghosts and one of the few to predict the war in the former Yugoslavia, travels literally to the ends of the earth to tell the world about the struggles of obscure countries like Turkmenistan, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Kaplan is an intrepid traveler who lightens his dire predictions with beautiful descriptions of the places he sees and the locals he meets. Recommended if you're seeking travel ideas or looking to educate yourself about the world. ( )
  cestovatela | Apr 10, 2007 |
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Because he specializes in exploring the San Andreas faults of the modern geopolitical system, his books have had more influence on politicians and policy makers than most travel writing. An earlier work, ''Balkan Ghosts,'' found its way onto President Clinton's Bosnia reading list, and the President reportedly came away less inclined to intervene because of Mr. Kaplan's emphasis on the ancient and intractable character of Balkan feuds. ''The Coming Anarchy'' -- Mr. Kaplan's 1994 Atlantic Monthly article -- was intended as a plea for Western engagement with the problems of the third world, but its nightmare scenario of spreading civil war, ecological disaster and demographic explosion hardly engendered much optimistic activism.
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"The future here could be sadder than the present," writes Robert Kaplan in a chapter about the African nation of Sierra Leone. From Kaplan's perspective, the same could be said of virtually the entire Third World, which he spends the bulk of this book visiting and describing. Kaplan, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and author of Balkan Ghosts, is congenitally pessimistic about the developmental prospects of West Africa, the Nile Valley, and much of Asia. This traveler's tale offers dire warnings about overpopulation, environmental degradation, and social chaos. We should all hope that Kaplan's forecast is wrong, but we ignore him at our peril.

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