Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

Written by:
Robert D. Kaplan
Narrated by:
John Pruden

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2012
13 hours 30 minutes
On the world maps common in America, the Western Hemisphere lies front
and center, while the Indian Ocean region all but disappears. This
convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed twentieth
century, but in the twenty-first century that focus will fundamentally
change.In this pivotal examination of the countries known as 'Monsoon
Asia'-which include India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri
Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania-bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan
shows how crucial this dynamic area has become to American power. It is
here that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and religious
freedom will be lost or won, and it is here that American foreign policy
must concentrate if the United States is to remain relevant in an
ever-changing world. From the Horn of Africa to the Indonesian
archipelago and beyond, Kaplan exposes the effects of population growth,
climate change, and extremist politics on this unstable region,
demonstrating why Americans can no longer afford to ignore this
important area of the world.
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I think Balkan Ghosts was a better book. This one is written like a travelogue with intermittent secular, micro sermons for the U.S. State Department. I enjoyed learning about the politics and geography of the area. His writing is exquisite. On the down side, I question his vision of the future for the Indian Ocean region. I've lived long enough to be skeptical of futurists. I've seen history humiliate a bunch of them. Mr. Kaplan may join the crowd.

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