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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert D. Kaplan Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this landmark book, Robert D. Kaplan, veteran correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Balkan Ghosts, shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world.

Given unprecedented access, Kaplan takes us from the jungles of the southern Philippines to the glacial dust bowls of Mongolia, from the forts of Afghanistan to the forests of South America, not to mention Iraq, to show us Army Special Forces, Marines, and other uniformed Americans carrying out the many facets of U.S. foreign policy: negotiating with tribal factions, storming terrorist redoubts, performing humanitarian missions, and training foreign soldiers.

In Imperial Grunts, Kaplan provides an unforgettable insider's account not only of our current involvement in world affairs, but also of where America, including the culture of its officers and enlisted men, is headed. This is the rare book that has the potential to change the way readers view the men and women of the military, war, and the global reach of American imperialism today.

Never before has America's overarching military strategy been parsed so incisively and evocatively. Kaplan introduces us to lone American servicemen whose presence in obscure countries is largely unknown, and concludes with a heart-stopping portrait of marines in the first battle in Fallujah. Extraordinary in its scope, beautifully written, Imperial Grunts combines first-rate reporting with the sensitivity and insights of an acclaimed writer steeped in history, literature, and philosophy, to deliver a masterly account of America's global role in the twenty-first century.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/16/2014

    " I've read some less than favorable reviews of this book, mostly by those types who find the idea of American imperialism an unsavory concept. But the fact of the matter is the American empire is a reality and has been going strong for half a century. Rather than waste time equivocating over what does or does not equate to imperialsim, Kaplan dives right in visiting forward operating bases (FOBs) where Army Special Forces, FAOs, and Marines are projecting American soft power. Instead of occupying large bases around the world, the military's more forward-thinking strategists are favoring a small footprint strategy. There are now units in places like Columbia, the Philippines, Mongolia and Djibouti training local soldiers, leaving a favorable impression through efficient humanitarian projects, and collecting favors that can be called upon in the future should America need them. All of this was an aspect of American foreign policy that I was completely ignorant of and Kaplan deserves a lot of credit for bringing it to light and doing the footwork to really tell the stories of these impressive soldiers. He also spends the requisite time in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the problems he witnesses there are precisely because these new strategies aren't being applied on the military's two most important fronts. But most of all, Kaplan highlights just how brave and professional these imperial soldiers are and it gave me a new found respect for our country's military. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Bird | 2/7/2014

    " This seems like a good title until you realize that this must be Tom Clancy writing under a pseudonym. No overarching story, just a bunch of muscled well intentioned cookie cutter American good guys. Argh, what a disservice to actually understanding military men and women. Threw the book out my window half-way into it. What a poltroon. Reagan won the Cold War? Ass hat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 2/7/2014

    " Read Kaplan's sequel, too, both ground level, first person stories of Americans with boots in 170+ nations, special forces who called buddies to get Kaplan his next access. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tina | 1/28/2014

    " I was very interested in listening to this book to learn more about how the military operates on the ground. It was very well done, but I stopped listening to it about a quarter of the way in because it was so detailed I got bogged down, and the specifics of what happened in the different countries (why our military was there) were hard for me to listen to. "

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