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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:
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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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  • 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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Peter | 1/27/2014

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

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