Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground
Humor: “I know where heaven is and it's Lithuania”, “The women are b ...more
I appreciated the fact that he avoided oversimplifying or showing unbalanced views of the many issues. Kaplan makes no bones about the fact ...more
it's almost as the author is traveling through the most remote outposts of the empire as he sees the entire mechanism is near an end, and he wants to, in the most friendly and flattering light, document ...more
Not so good as biography of modern American soldiers.
The author does an excellent job of demonstrating the nature/need of modern US defense policy. From the need to utilize SF forces to help maintain the capbilities of weakened states (Niger, Chad, states in Polynesia); to the increased need of the Navy (subs for intel collections in litoral regions, ability to project power); to the need of being able to forward deploy to allied states, rather tha ...more
I expected this book to be a sort of trav ...more
Robert D. Kaplan turns away from the more incendiary front line of the war on terror in this follow-up to Imperial Grunts. He spent over two years embedded with a diverse group of soldiers, and his admiration for their work comes through on every page. That same high esteem opens up the major vein of criticism, as some reviewers fault Kaplan for veering "dangerously close to cheerleading" (Washington Post). Well-researched and sympathetically drawn, these portraits of the modern military are ess...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Paseo por diferentes acuartelamientos del ejército norteamericano, de la mano de un periodista, que le llevarán de una brigada Stryker en Alaska, a las fuerzas especiales en Mali y Colombia, pasando por estaciones de misiles, bombarderos B-2, destructores, submarinos nucleares y drones en el Extremo Oriente y el Pacífico, entre otros lugares y d ...more
keeps you on the edge of your seat. Current through 2006, the author gives the reader an idea of what modern combat is like, in the air, on and below the sea, and on the ground. Though I'm a veteran, I'm also damned glad that I wasn't embedded with him as he was collecting the data for this book! Gritty. Page turner. Definately recommended.
excellent in that the author presents the military through its members, history and the geopolitical frames of reference throughout the world
the book points out how extensive the military is stationed throughout the world which makes me wonder how right President Eisenhower was when He said the military-industrial complex was such a danger to our democracy.
Why I started this book: Interesting title, I thought it was going to be about Navy fly boys. It was so much more.
Why I finished it: Strong narration and story, I will be looking for more books by Kaplan.
The last chapter is all about North Korea. Good summary of the history and sobering look at what might be the future sooner than later.
The afterword is a good look at our nation, patriotism, faith, universal values, Rumsfeld, Powell, status quo, and the age in which we live.