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Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM By Robert D. Kaplan

Author of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to report on a world of disintegrating nation states, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling resources He emerges with a gritty tour de force of travel writing and political journalism Whether he is walking through a shantytown in the Ivory Coast or a death cAuthor of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to report on a world of disintegrating nation states, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling resources He emerges with a gritty tour de force of travel writing and political journalism Whether he is walking through a shantytown in the Ivory Coast or a death camp in Cambodia, talking with refugees, border guards, or Iranian revolutionaries, Kaplan travels under the most arduous conditions and purveys the most startling truths Intimate and intrepid, erudite and visceral, The Ends of the Earth is an unflinching look at the places and peoples that will make tomorrow s headlines and the history of the next millennium Kaplan is an American master ofavel writing from hellPertinent and compelling New York Times Book Review An impressive work Most travel books seem trivial beside it Washington Post Book World
  • Title: The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy
  • Author: Robert D. Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780679751236
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback

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David P Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
To quote a Chinese curse, we live in interesting times. Within our lifetime the population of the world has doubled or tripled, and many regions are already badly overcrowded. There is no room left for it to double again, something has to give. The West enjoys a measure of stability and prosperity, but much of the less fortunate "third world" lives on the brink, its population still rising and its quality of life still dropping. Where is this leading us? How do people live in those countries, ri [...]
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Hadrian Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
A very rushed and superficial narrative through remote corners of the world, filled with little banalities like how dusty it is near the Sahara and dirty toilets in Central Asia. Though I must add that the chapters on Iran are actually rather nice, and filled with more substantive details about the people of Iran and what they think about the world. A very empathetic look at people where politicking has forced us to view each other as enemies.
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Murtaza Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Despite disagreeing with some of his politics, I generally really enjoy Robert Kaplan's travel books. At their best, they are like a historical tour of the world that gives both a grounding in contemporary politics and a taste of what daily life is like for millions of people in far-flung places. So with that in mind I was really disappointed by this lame and superficial tour across West Africa and the Near East, which has not held up well over time. The book seems to be about some coming anarch [...]
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Kerfe Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
This is a depressing book.A journey through parts of Africa, the Mideast and Asia, it chronicles the depths to which many of the world's peoples, nations, and their environments have sunk, with little to give hope for their renewal or survival.Some of the intertwined causes: poverty, tyrannical governments, depletion and destruction of resources (the Soviet Union gets lots of points here for "ecocide" as the author terms it), overpopulation, joblessness, loss of family and cultural ties, ethnic [...]
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S. Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
☆☆☆☆☆--Robert D. Kaplan's 1996 ENDS OF THE EARTH is his best work, a true "tour de force" as he backpacks, budget airlines and jeeps his ways from Tehran to Kazakhstan to Thailand. the scope and reach of his travels--Iran itself being worth the price of admission--earns him full accolades as he dares to go where nobody else does and reaches into host culture as well as his vast readings in order to deliver the precise balance of ethnic, class, cultural, and national conflict that chara [...]
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Jim Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
If ever there was a travel writer determined to discourage travel, it is Kaplan. Yes, he warns you right from the beginning about his plans to visit the more remote and economically distressed areas, as he covers countries in West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Indochina. What is generally a compilation of travel essays, it often morphs into a wearying monologue on the tragic results and predicted apocalypse of overpopulation, crumbling and corrupt government, and bad architecture. O [...]
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Matt Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Excellent book that I would recommend to any traveler. The author, Mr Kaplan, is incredibly well-read and well-spoken. Kaplan travels a lot and he wrote quite a few travelogues. This one is about his trip to West Africa and Central Asia. To countries the likes of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Togo, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Thailand, or Cambodia.The author writes about his experiences and the people he met, but almost always provides an interesting historical perspective.Here are a [...]
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Anna Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
This book is outstanding. Anyone interested in international affairs, political systems, and the politics of geography should read this. As with most books, I approached "The Ends of the Earth" as a cynic needing to be won over. This book is not a page-turner; Kaplan's prose is cumbersome and laden with so many prepositional phrases that eventually I found myself skimming to get to the "points" (either that or have my eyes glaze over). But once I got used to it, I became absorbed in Kaplan's obs [...]
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Florence Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Mr. Kaplan's travels took him through Africa, the mideast, India and Asia during the mid nineties. He traveled by land, whenever possible. These regions have undergone much change since he visited them. Still, it was interesting to read his predictions for the nations he visited and compare them to what actually transpired. He was optimistic that the Islamic Revolution in Iran was losing steam and that relations with the US would soon improve. Other predictions weren't so far off. He sensed an u [...]
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L.J. Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
A book I read just as I finished my IA degree in '97, and given to me from a friend with similar interests. I had previously read Balkan Ghosts, and Kaplan is a hard writer to read as his style is not page turning, attention grabbing sensationalism but straight forward reportage peppered with educated social commentary. He is a brave soul for his ambition to work in places most journalists wouldn't venture too, and he doesn't pick the most front page conflicts to talk about either (Iran and Cent [...]
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Kelly Spoer Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Woah. I should probably re-read this one. I don't remember it atl. But ALL OF THE QUOTES!"The Nomads are makers of history. Refugees are its victims.""This was a frightening beauty. It reflected authority without wisdom or balance. The calligraphy suggested such an over-abundance of the *word* that language itself seemed to lose meaning.""'Pakistan is like an out-patient who refuses his lithium'" (Washington Post correspondent Steve Coll)"A school need not be a classroom and a teacher. Nor is it [...]
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Ed Gibney Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Kaplan's travel journals were popular reads among Peace Corps Volunteers when I was serving in Ukraine. The places he went, the history he surveyed, his grasp of cultures and long trends - they all contributed to a deep understanding of places on earth that are normally well outside an American's grasp. Peace Corps made you see what a tourist you were on all your other trips around the world, and that made you long for books like this to help you dive beneath the surface. Once there, the thought [...]
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Wendyhgarland Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
The first Robert Kaplan book I read - well written, about parts of the world you might never hear about (and most likely don't know much about). NOT dull non-fiction - reads more like a travelogue. I read "Balkan Ghosts" after this and it was great too.
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Matthew Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
The Ends of the Earth follows the travelogue-to-places-often-ignored-byeconomist-optimists-combined-with-political-and-anthropological-observation pattern of Kaplan’s previous books Balkan Ghosts and Eastward to Tartary. However the book is not as focused as those books, due to wider spread of his travels and observations on what he has called (in his 1994 Atlantic Monthly cover article) and continues to call “The Coming Anarchy”, and thus the book is somewhat overwhelming. The book is bes [...]
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Rebecca Wilkins Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
In 1993-94 Kaplan traveled to mostly third world countries across half the globe to try to give his personal thoughts to what would happen in the 21st century. He traveled in West Africa (Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Guinea), Egypt, Anatolia and Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia (all the "stan" countries that came out of the fall of the Soviet Union, India and Indochina. As my British TV shows say, "He was sleeping rough." He took buses and trains through most of these areas and says that "the condi [...]
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Lance Lasalle Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Back in the early-to-mid nineties, freed by the end of the Cold War, travelling third-world journalist Robert Kaplan set off on a long journey across some of the war-torn and economically ravaged countries in the Old World(and a few not-so-bad off): Western Africa, Egypt, much of Central Asia, and Indochina, offering his observations and thoughts.Kaplan is a superior writer who really knows how to show instead of tell. At times his prose verges on the poetic. There is a running theme throughout [...]
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Haingo Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Turkestan, Pakistan, India, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam.Shantytowns, border walks, bus/train rides, numerous visa applications, aftermath of the fall of communism.Robert D. Kaplan is describing what anarchy looks like in different parts of the world but also shows the reader that even in such places some are still full of hope.
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Hutchoo Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
An interesting premise is lost to superficial (and now outdated) writing about countries that happen to form a path from West Africa to Cambodia. For the sake of the continuity of his travel he dedicates a considerable amount of time to talking about countries like Turkey and Iran, two countries with little credibility as 'frontiers of anarchy', but ignores places like the former Yugoslavia. One can detect a Eurocentric bent to his writing, and his chapters on Asia reek of Orientalism. Ultimatel [...]
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R Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
An interesting read in 2011 about traveling to the poorest and most war-torn parts of the world of 1994. Robert D. Kaplan's writing comes off as well-informed and academic (though he's a reported by background). While his Malthusian leanings are the most egregiously inaccurate near 20-years later, the rest of the book's prognostications seem spot on, seeking to find an essential character in each region and projecting it forward. The optimism of China and India contrasts with the lassitude and a [...]
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Michael Clifford Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
This book was a tough but interesting read. The author present a kind of geopolitical travelogue of Africa, the near and middle east, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. In each country he presents how the economy, the government, and the people. Many of these countries were formed either after colonialism or the collapse of the Soviet Union and have no real historical/ethnic reason for being a country. This was fascinating to me because I assumed there was some valid reason for a country to be a c [...]
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Dennis Nehamen Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
To me this is another of those wonderfully informative books. Frankly, traveling with Kaplan on his journey make me grateful to be sitting in the safety and comfort of my back yard. There was no way the man made up the adventure, which is what made it all the more frightful and threatening. That aside, it was an amazingly informative venture in that when the author was finished he'd shared enough of the frontiers of humanity to edify people who will never travel to see it first-hand that it's a [...]
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Jan Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Great travel and geo-political writing. Kaplan travels on the ground, with the local people, and talks to people who matter. His analysis is always grounded in history. He's always on the gloomy side though when it comes to the future. Ethnic strife, drinking water wars, oil wars, failed states, anarchy etc He has even been called a ' pandemonium prophet'. Having travelled a lot myself, especially in Asia, I can understand his worries, but predictions for the future often fail to take account of [...]
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Du Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
What a book. Wow. I loved it. Robert Kaplan has such a gift for words as well as for finding the worst elements of a country and investigating and reporting it. He explores and reports from such an interesting point of view. His immersion is succulent and engrossing.As for the readbility, the best way I can describe it, is that I started the book at page 70 at 8 pm, thinking that I would read 30 or so pages, and then switch to another book. 4 hours later I hit page 329 and realized I was tired a [...]
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Kirsten Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
I have some issues with Robert Kaplan. I think every Balkanist - and everyone who's not a realist - likely has some issues with Kaplan. But this book gets four stars because it challenged me to think and consider. This may be an older read, but Kaplan's ideas about the fluidity of borders and the ways cultures interact at the margins are essential for anyone interested in geography, international relations, or international politics. And it also makes "Revenge of Geography" easier to understand. [...]
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Diane Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Written in the mid-1990s, the author toured Africa, Turkey and the Caucasus, Iran, and South Asia and reports on his findings. He was somewhat prophetic in some of his observations, but I prefer his books where he focuses on one region of the world. This book tries to cover four very different regions, and he doesn't compare them very much, so it wasn't clear why he combined them all into one book. I thought he could have made a better argument about each of the four regions if he hadn't tried t [...]
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Solomon Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Kaplan's overarching theme is that culture is in many ways the most determinate factor affecting the world's societies. Each country he visits in the book is almost like a case study that supports this theory. The book was written in 1996, and so the reader cannot help but notice that many of Kaplan's predictions have proven true. Great section on Iran and central Asia broadly, but the sections on Africa - the first few chapters - suck. Annoyingly, for all his insights, his prose is dry and word [...]
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Christina Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
Robert Kaplan really gets around! He seems to have a knack for showing up in volatile countries just before everything explodes. This is a fascinating book and provides an look inside some of the most unknown and god-forsaken places in the world. His thesis is that the nation state is starting to disintegrate as people line up along lines of nationality or religion. He is optimistic about the future of certain countries but fairly negative about others. This was an extremely informative book.
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Julie Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
This sort of took me forever to read, but in the end was worth it. A mix of travel writing and political/social commentary on the countries he passes through, it's full of overwhelming information about the complicated turmoil that is the "developing" world. Written in the early 90s, much of the trip talks about the recent fall of communism, but the problems certainly haven't changed much in the last 15 years. Actually, it's mostly worse I think.
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Jimileek Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
I'll buy any book Robert Kaplan publishes. I love that he freely admits in his intro that he was wrong about the conclusions he drew in an earlier book he published. He weaves history, geography, politics, personal experience, in a way that should appeal to academics/geopolitical wonks and travel literature lovers but doesn't put the lay reader to sleep. I feel so smart aFter I read his works. Outstanding.
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Jeanine Oct 23, 2020 - 02:57 AM
First off, this book is a bit dated as it's from 1994. So I think this explains a little bit of his "end of the world" stuff with Africa and how off some of his commentary on Cambodia is. However, it's an enjoying read and like other Kaplan books it gives you a good overview of a region that, at least for me, piques my interest in new places. Some of his predictions on Egypt are especially prescient given recent events, and I wonder if he'll be proven true regarding Iran.
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The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy By Robert D. Kaplan Author of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to report on a world of disintegrating nation states, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling resources He emerges with a gritty tour de force of travel writing and political journalism Whether he is walking through a shantytown in the Ivory Coast or a death cAuthor of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to report on a world of disintegrating nation states, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling resources He emerges with a gritty tour de force of travel writing and political journalism Whether he is walking through a shantytown in the Ivory Coast or a death camp in Cambodia, talking with refugees, border guards, or Iranian revolutionaries, Kaplan travels under the most arduous conditions and purveys the most startling truths Intimate and intrepid, erudite and visceral, The Ends of the Earth is an unflinching look at the places and peoples that will make tomorrow s headlines and the history of the next millennium Kaplan is an American master ofavel writing from hellPertinent and compelling New York Times Book Review An impressive work Most travel books seem trivial beside it Washington Post Book World

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