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The Ends of the Earth From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679751238
ISBN-13: 9780679751236
Sku: 30118700
Publish Date: 2/1/1997
Pages:  496
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The author describes his odyssey through some of the worlds most troubled regions, where ancient cultural rivalries and traditional ethnic barriers threaten to reshape the world. Reprint. 30,000 first printing. Tour. *Author: Kaplan, Robert D. *Subtitle: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy *Publication Date: 1997/02/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00
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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 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 of...travel writing from hell...Pertinent and compelling."--New York Times Book Review
"An impressive work. Most travel books seem trivial beside it."--Washington Post Book WorldHaving drawn a startlingly prescient portrait of the Bosnian catastrophe in his bestseller, "Balkan Ghosts", Robert Kaplan now travels more widely and ambitiously. In this gritty tour de force of travel writing and political reportage, he covers an arc from West Africa to Southeast Asia, across a world in which nation-states are giving way to warring nationalities and where metastasizing populations compete for dwindling resources. 6 maps.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 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 of...travel writing  from hell...Pertinent 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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The author travels in the third world and analyzes the implications of what he sees there.

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Kirkus Reviews
"You have to hand it to Kaplan. He travels light, he travels dirty, and he goes to places that most travelers would thankfully avoid. He has also done his homework and has a useful frame of reference in which to fit his experiences and observations. Many are valuable...for sheer entertainment, vigor, sharp observation, and thoughtful comparison, Kaplan takes a lot of beating." 01/01/1996

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"...the powerful, unsettling record of Kaplan's travels through the unmapped reality of Africa, the Middle East and Asia....Kaplan is a superb reporter, expertly weaving his precise, vivid observation of facts at hand into a larger context of global social change....We ignore the book's hard questions at our peril." - Michael Stern 03/17/1996

New York Review of Books
"It is a formidable undertaking, and shows the writer's commitment, curiosity, and just plain stamina....Acute observation is mixed with anecdotes, interviews, and references to secondary sources. This is beyond doubt Kaplan's most important book." - Paul Kennedy 09/19/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0496
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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