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Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power Paperback – September 13, 2011
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“A sweeping narrative [that] deftly weaves history, reportage, and grand strategy . . . into a coherent portrait of an undercovered region whose importance will only grow in the decades to come.”—Foreign Policy
“Few books can be considered indispensable, but Monsoon is one of them. . . . An essential primer for this new century’s evolving politics.”—The Dallas Morning News
“A special blend of first-person travel writing, brief historical sketches and wide-ranging strategic analysis.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Compelling . . . Kaplan’s breadth of travel and learning leads to intriguing insights.”—The Washington Post
“[Kaplan] has a gift for geopolitical imagination.”—The Wall Street Journal
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Weaving through the histories of each of the countries in the region, and articulating political, religious and more importantly, commercial contexts, Kaplan provides a rigorous treatment of the first hypothesis. [Reading India's history (my motherland)in mostly non-political context was a real eye-opener and was well worth the book in itself for me.] The sections describing the Portuguese influence on maritime trade, the aggressive stance against Islamic traders by Europeans, the volatile politics in the Indian heartland reflect a very thorough analysis.
Oftentimes, the intertwined trends Kaplan is trying to delineate, tend to overshadow the focus he tries to bring in each chapter - perhaps fittingly, but unwittingly. Moreover, considering that terrorism-infected Pakistan is central to most countries political machinations, a detailed discussion on its current role may have been a worthwhile addition to the book. While the author adopts a fairly non-pedantic narration style, mixing first-person travelogue-like accounts with almost scholarly essays, often times, he leaves the reader hanging dry...(for example, one of the chapters end "..Read more ›
For example, on page 98 in his discussion of Gujarat he describes the 2002 atrocities between Hindu and Muslin initiated in the town of Godhra that resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 people. By accounts at BBC to name one source, it began when 57 Hindus were "incinerated" in the train that was set fire after a conflict at the Godhra train station, a Muslim city. Kaplan spends three lines describing the incident noting "The Muslims that started the fire were apparently the victims of taunts from other Hindus" Kaplan omits allegations that Muslims had preplanned the incident, forcibly stopped the train, and had stockpiled 140 liters of petrol to drive the fire. However he follows this with three pages of great detail describing the Hindu reaction, including allegations that the Godhra government was actively involved.
This is only one example, but this biased presentation of a key event, combined with repeated gratuitous swipes as US policy, particularly in Iraq, leaves me uneasy about accepting anything in the book at face value. Personally, I simply do not know the subject matter well enough to know when else Kaplan might be taking poetic license. After about 250 pages, I set Monsoon aside to seek other books on the subject, and I have ordered several of the source books he sites. So I would only recommend this book if you plan to read it has part of a much broader review of the topic.
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The more of Robert Kaplan I read, the more I like him. One learns not only about modern day politics but also about culture, literature, religion, and history through his travels. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nadia
Absolutely brilliant! Presents regional history along with new ideas of how the regional past will shape the regional and global world.Published 3 months ago by Kyle Dunnahoo
Very good writer. Book is in fine condition - as advertised.Published 8 months ago by Eric J. Siegeltuch
Great book, having being a strategic planner for the U.S. with regard to Africa.Published 9 months ago by Ivan Udell
Very prescient work regarding the balance of power in the future. Robert Kaplan reveals strategic goals for emerging powers as well as the United States. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. Sparks