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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (499 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert D. Kaplan Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781452676180
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On the world maps common in America, the Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the Indian Ocean region all but disappears. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed twentieth century, but in the twenty-first century that focus will fundamentally change.In this pivotal examination of the countries known as "Monsoon Asia"—which include India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania—bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan shows how crucial this dynamic area has become to American power. It is here that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and religious freedom will be lost or won, and it is here that American foreign policy must concentrate if the United States is to remain relevant in an ever-changing world. From the Horn of Africa to the Indonesian archipelago and beyond, Kaplan exposes the effects of population growth, climate change, and extremist politics on this unstable region, demonstrating why Americans can no longer afford to ignore this important area of the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The book's political and economic focus and forecasts are smart and brim with aperçus on the intersection of power, politics, and resource consumption (especially water), and give full weight to the impact of colonialism. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 2/15/2014

    " Book describes the significant current and related historical geographics and political conditions of countries bordering the Indian Ocean from Zanzibar in Africa through Oman, the Indian Subconinent and to eastern oceanic island nations including Indonesia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glen | 1/30/2014

    " This was a good read, taking in all the countries that have shores on the Indian Ocean, and with a proper amount of author's attitude. Not light reading, but not too tough either. I learned a lot, particularly about China and many small countries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/30/2014

    " One third travelogue, one third history, and one third loosey-goosey second-hand strategic analysis. It is an interesting primer to the region if you can handle the human-interest travelogue bits. It also contains a passable analysis of China's likely naval interests in the region. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 1/27/2014

    " Should have been a romance novelist (e.g. description of Muscat). Couldn't make it past the first 50 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/16/2014

    " I had never thought of the Indian Ocean as a unifying geographic location, but this book makes a good case for it historically and in the future. Very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Mischner | 1/15/2014

    " This book gave me an education on the importance of the Indian Ocean. I am so glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimileek | 12/19/2013

    " WARNING: Heavy lifting ahead. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but geopolitical geeks. Really fantastic in depth analysis. Worth it if u are highly motivated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Wasser | 11/17/2013

    " An excellent book about the geopolitics and history of the Indian Ocean region and its implications for America. His thesis is that the Indian Ocean region, even more so than the Western Pacific, will be the location for most of the conflicts in the coming decades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dane | 11/2/2013

    " I've never learned so much about the Indian Ocean region, and now appreciate what it means for the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/26/2013

    " "Perceptive combination of history and current affairs, with policy implications and recommendations for the United States," "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Aupke | 5/14/2013

    " A thorough analysis of the cultural histories of the regions from Oman to Burma; the battles in the region, the economic competition and how it applies to the US and other modern powers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/21/2013

    " An overview of U.S. policy interests in the Indian Ocean, from Tanzania to Indonesia. At its best, Monsoon reorients the map and allows us to think about global challenges in a new, useful way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 2/21/2013

    " I ended up immensely enjoying this book where Kaplan argues that the global center of gravity in the decades to come is going to be in the Indian Ocean. A really fun read for anyone interested in this sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 2/13/2013

    " Another interesting look by Kaplan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Herrick | 2/10/2013

    " why does the USA have a fleet in the Indian Ocean? This book will tell you. This book gives you a historical perspective on today'S news and tomorrows conflicts and opportunities. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phillip | 2/8/2013

    " I am usually a huge fan of Kaplan and this topic was interesting to me. However, book was meandering, read more like a poly sci term paper and lacked his usual fascinating descriptions of local scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Cumbie | 8/16/2012

    " Good introduction to US interests in the region. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Srikar Doddi | 6/6/2012

    " Good book if you are interested in geopolitics around Indian ocean. Don't take the conclusions too seriously though. "

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About the Author
Author Robert D. Kaplan

Robert David Kaplan is an American journalist, currently a National Correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. His writings have also been featured in numerous other newspapers and publications, and his more controversial essays about the nature of US power have spurred debate in academia, the media, and the highest levels of government. A frequent theme in his work is the reemergence of cultural and historical tensions temporarily suspended during the Cold War.

About the Narrator

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his narrative and vocal characterizations. His narration of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.