Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond

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Vintage Books, 2006 - History - 421 pages
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A fascinating, unprecedented first-hand look at the soldiers on the front lines on the Global War on Terror. Plunging deep into midst of some of the hottest conflicts on the globe, Robert D. Kaplan takes us through mud and jungle, desert and dirt to the men and women on the ground who are leading the charge against threats to American security. These soldiers, fighting in thick Colombian jungles or on dusty Afghani plains, are the forefront of the new American foreign policy, a policy being implemented one soldier at a time. As Kaplan brings us inside their thoughts, feelings, and operations, these modern grunts provide insight and understanding into the War on Terror, bringing the war, which sometimes seems so distant, vividly to life.

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Review: Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond

User Review  - Jake - Goodreads

One of my favorite books on my shelf, it spends much of its time brooding about American Imperialism and casting an optimistic view on the realities of the dominance of a single hegemony. Read full review

Review: Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond

User Review  - Jim Welsh - Goodreads

I hope this book is available in a thousand years when someone wonders what it was like to soldier in the American military. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Robert D. Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm, and the author of fourteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate; Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power; Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History; and Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for more than a quarter-century. In 2011 and 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan among the world's “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”

From 2009 to 2011, he served under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as a member of the Defense Policy Board. Since 2008, he has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.

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