The Revenge Of Geography, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Military history
  • ISBN: 9780812982220



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Kaplan's main thesis is great food for thought; that is: the more the world is connected, the more strategic geographic locations are important. I know I'm going to be reading world news in a better more informed way. This is a very interesting book that suffers from bad writing and editing. Kaplan is quite good at making what could be a perfectly good sentence into a convoluted one. That said, I know more now that I did before about the interplay of geography, politics and strategy.

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This book started out like the kind of book I really dislike: throwing out of lots of names and semi-obscure references with little attempt to engage the reader. I was doubly disappointed because I have read Monsoon by the same author and found it so much better.It got better in the second part, but I had trouble following Mr. Kaplan's argument. He takes a very broad, rambling approach to his topic. If you decide to read this book, I recommend you begin with the Afterword: it provides an excellent overview and the clearest explanation of the author's ideas.p.s. As a Canadian, I was greatly offended by the description of Canada as "the arctic" bordering the U.S. to the north.

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