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I would recommend any book he's written as a good read.
Then, Kaplan condemns the Carter administration not for being soft on Mengistu, but for withdrawing U.S. support for the regime in response to its brutality.
Any specialist could point dozens of minor errors in this book, but lack of scholarship is not the worst.
very biased, although admittedly so. Better than anything else I could find on Ethiopia. Could be more well rounded in what it covers.Published 9 months ago by Russ Merritt
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 10 months ago by Lauren Keranen
Surrender or Starve is a solid book that deserves reading, especially if you knew nothing of the Ethiopian/Eritrean conflict. Read morePublished on October 27, 2007 by Ryan Mcgonigle
I have enjoyed reading a half-dozen books by Robert Kaplan, a journalist who writes about foreign affairs for the Atlantic Monthly, and this one was no exception. Read morePublished on January 17, 2007 by Daniel B. Clendenin
This book is almost completely about how the Communist government of Ethiopia misled the West into thinking that a small harvest was the reason for the mass starvation of 1984. Read morePublished on August 7, 2006 by Kevin M Quigg
The book takes a view of one side approach. I lived in Ethiopia in the 1980's and most of the staff Mr. Kaplan talked about never happened. The historical facts are missing. Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by Daniel Alemayehu
Kaplan's Surrender or Starve is a fascinating, albeit difficult at times, read on the war-torn Horn of Africa during the late 70s and early 80s. Read morePublished on November 22, 2005 by Tanager
While this book does include some interesting anecdotes from Robert Kaplan's travels in Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan during the early 1980s, it is essentially an extended and... Read morePublished on September 9, 2005 by N. Converse