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Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea

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Robert D. Kaplan is one of our leading international journalists, someone who can explain the most complicated and volatile regions and show why they’re relevant to our world. In Surrender or Starve, Kaplan illuminates the fault lines in the Horn of Africa, which is emerging as a crucial region for America’s ongoing war on terrorism.

Reporting from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea, Kaplan examines the factors behind the famine that ravaged the region in the 1980s, exploring...

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Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea

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Overview

Robert D. Kaplan is one of our leading international journalists, someone who can explain the most complicated and volatile regions and show why they’re relevant to our world. In Surrender or Starve, Kaplan illuminates the fault lines in the Horn of Africa, which is emerging as a crucial region for America’s ongoing war on terrorism.

Reporting from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea, Kaplan examines the factors behind the famine that ravaged the region in the 1980s, exploring the ethnic, religious, and class conflicts that are crucial for understanding the region today. He offers a new foreword and afterword that show how the nations have developed since the famine, and why this region will only grow more important to the United States. Wielding his trademark ability to blend on-the-ground reporting and cogent analysis, Robert D. Kaplan introduces us to a fascinating part of the world, one that it would behoove all of us to know more about.

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“A writer of extraordinary intellect and passion . . .with a wonderfully lucid way of relating history as a living thing.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“This vivid account . . . tells very convincingly a story which the author claims was almost entirely ignored by Western media, diplomats, and relief officials. Kaplan paints a horrific picture of often fatal cruelty.” —Foreign Affairs

“Robert Kaplan is a scholarly and adventurous journalist. . . . He draws attention to long-term trends that other writers have little noted.” —The New York Times

“Kaplan is a gritty travel reporter and commentator on foreign affairs known for providing no-nonsense political-historical overviews of the dicey places he visits.” —The Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400034529
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Series: Vintage Departures Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 298,667
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm, and the author of fourteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate; Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power; Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History; and Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for more than a quarter-century. In 2011 and 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan among the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”
 
From 2009 to 2011, he served under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as a member of the Defense Policy Board. Since 2008, he has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.
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Table of Contents

Original Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Imperial Tempest 3
2 The World's Biggest Forgotten War 48
3 The African Killing Fields 105
4 Strategic Fallout 139
5 Aid: Rolling the Rock of Sisyphus 182
Postscript 199
Selected Bibliography 209
Index 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Best book for understanding Ethiopia

    I read this book three years ago before my trip there. The book gives a good overview with good stories of how Ethiopia came to have famine and communisom. I recommend this book to anyone thinking of traveling to or living in Ethiopia. Besides Kaplin is a great writer too.

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