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Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia… (edition 2006)

by Robert D. Kaplan (Author)

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Title:Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond
Authors:Robert D. Kaplan (Author)
Info:Vintage (2006), 448 pages
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Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond by Robert D. Kaplan



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Tone seemed a bit off. The focus was on special forces, not your standard infantry personnel. Lots of disdain for the support troops required to support forces. ( )
  RobFow | Jun 16, 2013 |
In the tradition of John Reed, this book is journalism that clearly skews towards its subject. The fact that Kaplan is an engaging writer makes up for his sometime sycophantic writing on the military. I found it odd that in all his travels for this book he met only one member of the military he found mildly annoying. In an organization as large as the US military there are going to be great guys and a$%holes. The chapters not having to do with Afghanistan and Iraq are the most interesting, because they are more obscure. I think few Americans realize we have forces in Columbia, the Philippines. Although I disagree with some of the authors view points I do feel this is an important book that illuminates the lives of the military men and women and the military's global reach. ( )
  cblaker | Jan 13, 2012 |
Originally gave it three stars but changed upon further reflection. I appreciate Kaplan's critcisms of our military as a bureaucracy while still praising it profusely for its good people. I enjoyed the focus on the geopolitical and strategic aspect of today's American "empire." Kaplan remains one of my favorites. ( )
  ORFisHome | Jul 13, 2009 |
For a non-military guy, I really liked this book. Kaplan follows soldiers through boot camp to their placement in the world. It gave me a different perspective on the usefulness of a well-trained army. I also liked the explanations of the different regions of influence such as CENCOM AND PACOM. ( )
  dickcraig | Aug 18, 2008 |
A window into the lives of non-commissioned and captain/lieutenant officers in special forces the marines -- the "tip of the spear" that promotes the US national interest. Kaplan covers Columbia, the Philippines, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Iraq. Highly recommended. 3.5.08

Sir, we are truly sorry that we had to ask your family to leave the building. You can all go back in now. We will compensate your for the inconvenience. We are United States Marines, a different breed than you are used to. We do not take kindly to people shooting at us. If you have any information on the Ali Babas, please share it with us. If you know any of the Ali Babas personally, please tell them to attack us as quickly as possible so that we may kill them and start repairing sewers, electricity, and other services in your city. ( )
  ben_a | Mar 15, 2008 |
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Major Victor Joppolo, U.S.A., was a good man. ...We have need of him. He is our future in the world. Neither the eloquence of Churchill nor the humaneness of Roosevelt, no Charter, no four freedoms or fourteen points, no dreamer's diagram so symmetrical and so faultless on paper, no plan, no hope, no treaty--none of these things can guarantee anything. Only men can guarantee, only the behavior of men under pressure, only our Joppolos. --John Hersey, "A Bell for Adano" 1944
Imperialism moved forward, not as a result of commercial or political pressure from London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, or even Washington, but mainly because men on the periphery, many of whom were soldiers, pressed to enlarge the boundaries of empire, often without orders, even against orders. --Douglas Porch, professor at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1996
In a campaign against Indians, the front is all around, and the rear is nowhere. --Erasmus D. Keyes, "Fifty Years' Observation of Men and Events", 1884
To the memory of Marine 1st Lt. Joshua Palmer of Banning, California, born November 28, 1978, killed in action April 8, 2004.
And to all the other U.S. Marines killed or wounded during the fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, in April 2004.
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He was a lieutenant colonel in the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF as it is written, and One MEF as it is spoken) stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.
The Romans, by their rites of purification, accepted and justified the world as it was, with all its cruelty. The Americans, heir to the Christian tradition, seek what is not yet manifest: the higher ideal.
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Beschrijving: Voorbij de grenzen van het Amerikaanse imperium is het resultaat van twee jaar reizen van Robert Kaplan met het Amerikaanse leger, langs de kust van Afrika en Indonesië, over de Stille Oceaan, naar Irak, Thailand en Zuid-Korea. Meevliegen met een B-2 bommenwerper, leven aan boord van een kernonderzeeër, op missie met een Strykerbrigade: deze jongensdromen zijn de dagelijkse praktijk van de Amerikaanse land-, zee- en luchtstrijdkrachten overal ter wereld.

Kaplan sprak met militairen van alle rangen en weet hun verhalen in hun woorden en vanuit hun perspectief te vertellen. Bij uitzondering kreeg Kaplan toegang tot bepaalde schepen, onderzeeërs en vliegtuigen waar militairen hun werk doen. Zo brengt hij niet alleen de legercultuur indringend in beeld, maar leef je ook mee met de mannen en vrouwen die de oorlog tegen het terrorisme voeren.
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Examines American imperialism from the perspective of the global war on terrorism and the role of America's elite military forces, in a study that reassesses the changing involvement of the United States in world affairs.

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