The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate

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The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan, Michael Prichard

In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe's pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland. Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, able to feed only twenty-three percent of its people from land that is only seven percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan's porous borders will keep it the principal invasion route into India, and a vital rear base for Pakistan, India's main enemy. Iran will exploit the advantage of being the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Finally, Kaplan posits that the United States might rue engaging in far-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of becoming a semifailed state due to drug cartel carnage. A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century's looming cataclysms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452640525
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 10/29/2012
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is the author of over a dozen books on foreign affairs and travel, including Balkan Ghosts, Eastward to Tartary, and Warrior Politics.

Michael Prichard has recorded well over five hundred audiobooks and was named one of SmartMoney magazine's Top Ten Golden Voices. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
yoAZ More than 1 year ago
An amazing work of analysis which takes the middle view (Braudel) and explores how history and geography may intersect with current events to affect changes and confrontations among cultures and nations in the future. For me it was a dip into very unfamiliar analysis, so additional reading is going to be required before I can really decide if the PUBLISHERS WEEKLY or the KIRKUS REVIEWS review is more accurate. The analysis from the perspectives of the countries discussed, and their histories, is eye-opening. This is my personal favorite book of the year so far. Especially intriguing is the chapter on Mexico and the US and the fate of the North American southwest.
MerleF More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! As a one-time history major, and always interested in current events, I was highly impressed. Kaplan, writing in 2011 or 2012 accurately predicted what is happening today, in Spring 2014, in Ukraine, East China Sea, Afghanistan, and other places.
growingoldoffensively More than 1 year ago
Not recommended. Hyper-ponderous and poly-syllabic past the point of onerous. Fifty pages into the book I was asking myself is this guy trying to convey information or convince me he's the smartest guy in the room? Haven't finished the book yet. May not. Good info and ideas if you can wade through the numerous 30-50 word sentences - almost every page. Even threw some in at around 80 words. Waxing elequent or simply bloviating?
Major_Kelly More than 1 year ago
Virtually unreadable, it's more like a Master's thesis than a book for general consumption. Kaplan spends most of the first 70 pages or so telling us what other great geographers have said about geography, as if  we care about "who said what" more than "what is what". Counting the poly-syllabic words was more fun than reading the book. One page-long section had 63 three of them, including 53 in 27 lines. Consider these sentences. "This Soviet Eastern Europe, by the way, included in its domain East Germany, historic Prussia that is, which had traditionally been territorially motivated with an eastward, Heartland orientation; while inside NATO's oceanic alliance was West Germany, historically Catholic, and industrially and commercially minded, oriented toward the North Sea and the Atlantic." (p. 10) OR "I will, therefore, in the course of this study, try to keep in mind always Isaiah Berlin's admonition from his celebrated lecture delivered in 1953, and published the following year under the title 'Historic Inevitability,' in which he condemns as immoral and cowardly the belief that vast impersonal forces such as geography, the environment, and ethnic characteristics determine our lives and the direction of world politics." (p. 36) I recommend "The Accidental Superpower" by  Zeihan for anyone wishing to learn about the meat and bones of world geography and not what other people have said about geography. 
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Lencrest More than 1 year ago
First geography makes and difference and then it doesn't when it didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sighs and runs back to the nursery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can i do o help he ask whil he swips the wolf with his claws
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His ears purk up again there coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kaplan never fails to explain things from the Geo-political realm