The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 28, 1997 - History - 496 pages
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Author of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D. Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to report on a world of disintegrating nation-states, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling resources. He emerges with a gritty tour de force of travel writing and political journalism. Whether he is walking through a shantytown in the Ivory Coast or a death camp in Cambodia, talking with refugees, border guards, or Iranian revolutionaries, Kaplan travels under the most arduous conditions and purveys the most startling truths. Intimate and intrepid, erudite and visceral, The Ends of the Earth is an unflinching look at the places and peoples that will make tomorrow's headlines--and the history of the next millennium.

"Kaplan is an American master of...travel writing  from hell...Pertinent and compelling."--New York Times Book Review

"An impressive work. Most travel books seem trivial beside it."--Washington Post Book World

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He is a brilliant writer. - Goodreads
It is easy to read and very informative - Goodreads
Good insights into those societies. - Goodreads
Great travel and geo-political writing. - Goodreads
Kaplan is a fantastic travel writer. - Goodreads
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Review: The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy

User Review  - sharifa - Goodreads

He is a brilliant writer. I was not able to relate so much through his travels through Russia and Asia so this book became a little dry for me, but I did enjoy it. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Thorsrud - Goodreads

Kaplan takes the reader to various corners of the world where different levels of anarchy exist. The book was written over 17 years ago, I wonder how these same places are now. Eye-opening, the book details the dark side of people, human nature, evil and destruction. Should be read by everyone. Read full review

Contents

West Africa Back to the Dawn?
1
An Unsentimental Journey
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Sierra Leone From Graham Greene to Thomas Malthus?
32
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About the author (1997)

Robert D. Kaplan is a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and the bestselling author of eleven previous books on foreign affairs and travel, including Balkan Ghosts, The Ends of the Earth, The Coming Anarchy, and Eastward to Tartary and most recently Imperial Grunts. He is currently the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Naval Academy. He lives with his wife and son in western Massachusetts.

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