Kaplan uncovers a nation polarized along ethnic, economic, and political lines, where the uneven distribution of rapid technological advances allows some groups to surge forward, cultivating a radically different world-view than their poorer, less educated neighbors. Much of his report is bleak, but despite his insistence on documenting the worst, plenty of examples of prosperity and hope appear in these pages. What comes across most clearly is that there is still plenty of room for speculation on exactly how and where the new boundaries will be drawn. In this respect, America's future still carries the promise of the Wild West: equal parts opportunity, possibility, and uncertainty. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Prescient and visionary. Although Robert Kaplan's "An Empire Wilderness: Travels into America's Future" was published in 1998 and is now (2013) fifteen years old, Kaplan could... Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Denny
This book is well deserving of a five-star rating. To me, it is impartial journalism at it's best; the author obviously has his own opinions and conclusions like anyone else, but... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeff Commissaris
I've been reading Kaplan for years. He has a unique way of exploring an issue or region of the world and bringing it home for the reader in a way that balances history, politics,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lauren Keranen
Robert Kaplan's An Empire Wilderness, Travels Into America's Future, postures as a terribly insightful travelogue where the author presumes to be able to predict the destiny of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by F. Bellermann
The pages that this pseudo historian devotes to the Hispanic heritage in Mexico and the United States denote that he is not only a racist, but an ignorant. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aranda
Much like his well-known earlier work Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, here Kaplan (between twelve and fifteen years ago) explores the US west of the Mississippi and based... Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Peter Monks
From ch. 21: "The Greyhound Underclass"
"...There were many ragged haircuts, bad complexions, grimy baseball hats turned backward, people coughing and smoking cigarettes, and... Read more
Kaplan's approach to the travelogue is informed, intelligent, refreshing and well-cited. I was looking for a unique prediction of the future of America in this book and most... Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by tattooedmatt
Kaplan is a rare journalist as historian/essayist. He's practically been everywhere, especially to places most of us would either avoid or neglect. Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by T. Kepler