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

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

by Robert D. Kaplan


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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: 701,188
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of sixteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where his work has appeared for three decades. He was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine has twice named him one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Table of Contents

Original Prefacexi
1.Imperial Tempest3
2.The World's Biggest Forgotten War48
3.The African Killing Fields105
4.Strategic Fallout139
5.Aid: Rolling the Rock of Sisyphus182
Selected Bibliography209

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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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Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
teaperson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Kaplan addresses the famines of the Horn of Africa with subtlety but his argument beats us over the head again and again with the fact that regimes of the region don't care about the people we're starving, and American aid just supports these governments. Still, he doesn't provide that compelling case for doing nothing. The book does illuminate, though, why Sudan's government doesn't do anything about Darfur, and doesn't really care about America's protests.The 2003 edition of this book does nothing to update it except to include a now also-outdated look at Eritrea after independence.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The politics of relief efforts in theh Hor of Africa.
cestovatela on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Robert D. Kaplan travels to a little-known corner of the globe to document the little-known but brutal conflict between Ethiopia and separationist Eritrea. Kaplan makes the conflict and the famines deliberately created by the Ethiopian government easy to understand. Unfortunately, the objectivity (and enjoyability) of the book is marred by Kaplan's own editorializing about the need for the U.S. to become involved in the war as a method of fighting Communism.
co_coyote on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a much more compelling book to read than the more pedestrian A History of Ethiopia by Harold Marcus. Perhaps because it deals with more recent history. Kaplan is particularly enamored with the leadership of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front, which is where the current President of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, came from. And there was promise when Kaplan wrote this book in 2003. Since then, alas, the Ethiopian leadership has devolved into the same old, same old. Meles would appear to have almost no popular support among the people, and yet garnered 98.6 percent of the vote in the last election. Ethiopian politics is about staying in power, no matter what. As in most African countries, this means making your friends rich and making your enemies suffer. Kaplan points out persuasively that starvation is not the natural order of things, but a political tool that is wielded by most of the governments in the Horn of Africa. You see the truth of this just be reading the news of the day in Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia.
dickcraig on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I read this well after the situation had started in Ethiopia and Somalia. It was good information after the fact, but I had read several other good accounts by the time I read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.