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"Welcome to Injun Country," is the catchphrase Kaplan hears from all the U.S. soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors we meet. In the view of American troops, they are taming an "unruly" frontier in the tradition of General George Custer. We all know what happened to Custer and, later, to the Native Americans whom the 7th Cavalry was sent out to pacify. But far from criticizing that mission or finding in the analogy any cautionary lesson, Kaplan is an enthusiastic cheerleader for what he baldly calls "American imperialism." He sees it as "humanitarian" and "righteous" and seems to never meet a Green Beret or marine he does not idolize. To Kaplan, U.S. imperialism is unquestionably selfless and heroic, trying only to bring a little taste of freedom to the huddled masses of the world. Imperial Grunts works well as a travelogue but fails to provide deeper insights--or opposing views--about the complex and fascinating places he explores. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Kaplan takes you around the world to visit U.S. military forces in a wide variety of out of the way places.
_Imperial Grunts_ by Robert D. Kaplan is a brilliant and fascinating look at the American military's deployment in countries throughout the world today.
I've enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to those who are interested in history, the military and geo-political policy.
Great read. Now if I can just get my copy back from my nephew.Published 4 months ago by H. R. Coley
Not since Ernie Pyle's "Brave Men" has a book so clearly revealed the lives of our fighting men at war. Read morePublished 5 months ago by c langridge
I am a military officer and gave this as a farewell gift to one of the people who work for me, very good book.Published 7 months ago by J. Mathers
I'm not a veteran, but his thesis about the American Empire was very thought provoking, so the book would be a great fodder for a book club discussion or talking heads panel.Published 13 months ago by RorySten
This Kaplan guy gets around, doesn't he? His reporting and insights are extremely useful in the life-long search to understand more about our world and the stuff that goes on in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by John J. Hill
readable account of military strategies which appear important to understanding how the military has been used in recent years;no military background required to understand itPublished 22 months ago by David A. Smith
This book is an accurate and articulate account of the warrior breed still roaming the earth told by one with a flair for the interesting and head for the captivating. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Kelly Crigger
Husband asked for this book and still hasn't completed the book. No comment as I have not read the bookPublished on December 27, 2012 by Grace