Mattie's Reviews > Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

Monsoon by Robert D. Kaplan
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Oct 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: asia, africa, history

Robert Kaplan hopped from country to country around the Indian Ocean, and as a reader you get to visit Oman, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia (to name a few). In each country, Kaplan describes the country's geographical and historical situation, current politics, and how these factors will influence future American (and global, to a lesser extent) trade and security. Some very fantastic insights for those interested in an important but under-covered part of the world. It's a few years old now, but many of Kaplan's observations are still ahead of our national dialogue.

Kaplan's prose style was a bit reaching for me. Occasionally he'll wax on about a certain landmark or the sweep of the look of the horizon and draw a few too many conclusions. American exoticism? Obama did this as well in Dreams from My Father, when he said the Kenyan safari was "supple as a lion's back." Guys! Give it up! Editors - look sharp - reading some of these sentences can be painful.

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