The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy

The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy

by Robert D. Kaplan

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ISBN-13: 9780679751236
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Series: Vintage Departures
Pages: 498
Sales rank: 1,315,627
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.34(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.


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The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kaplan paints a picture of lives cursed by poor political systems that, at the time I read the book, was almost too hard to believe. So I had to check things out for myself. After living in West Africa for five months I can tell you, he nailed it. If you're not up for a rough trip through the Third World, read this book. It's the next best thing than experiencing it yourself.
cestovatela on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Robert D. Kaplan, writer of Balkan Ghosts and one of the few to predict the war in the former Yugoslavia, travels literally to the ends of the earth to tell the world about the struggles of obscure countries like Turkmenistan, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Kaplan is an intrepid traveler who lightens his dire predictions with beautiful descriptions of the places he sees and the locals he meets. Recommended if you're seeking travel ideas or looking to educate yourself about the world.
jcvogan1 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Kaplan's best book in terms of how it conveys his thesis about the West being inside a limo riding through the rest of the pothole-stricken world. This book is about the potholes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Kaplan presents more than a travelogue of some of the most inaccessible places in the world, he also makes a compelling case about why these forgotten pockets need to be of more than passing concern to citizens of developed countries. While the author's characterization of these 'frontiers of anarchy' is provocative, his arguments cannot be ignored.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most thought provoking and dangerously depressing books to be published in the last decade. Kaplan clearly outlines the decay of the most far flung peripheries of the planet. This alone seems harmless, yet the reader becomes keenly aware that what's true for Sierra Leone might just become true of the United States. Just as Dante showed us the danger of sin in the Catholic world, so does Kaplan show us the danger of modernity in our modern world.