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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Nimble Books (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934840831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934840832
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Perdu on September 30, 2009
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Once again Pepe Escobar, one of the most astute observers of the world scene, signs here a reference guide on our crazy world.
Except for the format of the book (large and thin) it could be a travel phrasebook for the news navigator.
No litterature here, just different shades of light on facts, facts, facts.
As far as intelligence means making connections (inter lego), this is a pretty pure: you will not find detailed meeting reports in here, or day by day analysis of the Russia-Georgian war, but for the avid reader of news Pepe Escobar makes the connections between seemingly non-related events. His forte: looking at the same situation from the different points of view, backed up by a life devoted to meeting the actors to get their first hand interpretation.
For those who have read Pepe Escobar's Pipelinistan, the ceter part of this book is essentially an update on the subject - just great.
This is not a book for the casual reader. Actually it is best read close to Google, Wikipedia or CIA world fact book as Pepe does not detail much the facts beyond mentioning them.
Every paragraph, nearly each sentence is meaningful to a point that would render the reading tedious were it not for the humor and light style.
All in all one of the most enlightening books you could get on geopolitics / geostrategy provided you are alerady somewhat versed in the subject. Certainly not a Christmas present for your average 16 something Beyonce-loving niece.
For me a clear killer - a well deserved five stars.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rita Sydney VINE VOICE on April 18, 2009
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Most of this slim volume just brings up to date the geopolitics of oil and gas that the author develops at length in the earlier book, Globalistan.

However, it's worth a read because the first section sums up vividly the reality confronting Obama. There's an itemization of what voters who backed him want from the Obama presidency: a dandy list handy for check-off come 2012.

Mr. Escobar points out that the Obama promise of "change" turned quickly to "experience" once he was elected and started to place people in positions.

The author asks at the beginning of the book if perhaps the Obama administration is going to be just a way to tamp down the rage of progressives to keep them from true change-making activism.

The book concludes with an extensive observation by David Harvey who says we will have to wait and see if Obama merely perpetuates a kinder, gentler version of the neo-liberalism of the past three decades.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alexey Braguine author of Kingmaker on May 21, 2009
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Mr. Escobar likes to call himself The Roving Eye. This description might be off as it implies a wide, ambling view. There is nothing ambling about Escobar's stiletto-sharp observations, which, I'm sure make, many people in power nervous. In Obama Does Globalistan, the author, a frequent critic of U.S. foreign policy, reveals his optimism about Obama and gives the new president the benefit of the doubt. I wonder if Escobar plans to use this essay as a measuring benchmark in a year or so.

For anyone interested in foreign affairs and the U.S. position in the world, Obama Does Globalistan is a must read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charles Rover on November 22, 2009
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In Pepe Escobar I found a superb journalist, critic, and a cultural phenomenon in (almost surreal) geopolitical writing - every article another bombshell dropped on the tedious political correctness of our time, the shallow dignity of postmodern statecraft, and the ugly business of deception and show-politics. He is a brand name, too, with a readership of at least 100.000 people online. Much in this unique book is convincing and eye-opening. Yes, he is very provocative, his evaluations uncompromising in nature, and, sometimes, even prophetic. A recurrent theme in his books and articles seems to be "war" (be it military, economical, cultural, or just ideological etc.) or some form of "conspiracy theory", and presidents, supreme leaders, oligarchs and dictators are just goofy pieces on "Ground zero of a global jihad". "Welcome, comrade Maobama", "Liquid wars in Globalistan", 9/11, "Get Osama! Now! Or else...", Iran, Afghanistan, Iran, "Scorpions in a bottle", Eurabia... you name some dark spots in geopolitics and Escobar's sharp mind and "Roving Eye" is not very far, and certainly not shy; the whole drama of post-Cold-War 'Great Game', as he often uses slang, "just gets bigger".

His language may not be a language of blissful happiness, but the language of positive discontent (you may call it playful cynicism). It is also not the language of a conventional scholar either, but the language of a technocratic geek, confirmative an extremely flexible one, with a vast knowledge, a stupendous vocabulary, and a strong affinity for decorative details, places, names (incl. titles and job descriptions), abbreviations (TSAs, PSAs, IMF, INOC, IPI, TAP (now TAPI), ADB, BP, NATO...
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