THE ENDS OF THE EARTH : A JOURNEY TO THE FRONTIERS OF ANARCHY

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Vintage Books/random House, 1996 - Africa, West - 476 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.
  

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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
... but a damn good writer. - Goodreads

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

Review: The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy

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

From Graham Greene to Thomas Malthus?
32
Along the Gulfof Guinea
70
The Hollow Pyramid
89
Islamic Coketown
109
Voices of the Tormented City
119
Mother Lode
142
By Caspian Shores
163
Bazaar States
199
I8 Clean Toilets and the Legacy of Empires 173
275
SuperChaos and PhysicalSocial Theory
297
The Last Map
325
Rishi Valley and Human Ingenuity
354
Environmental and Sexual Limits
369
Laos or Greater Siam?
390
Back to Sierra Leone?
401
Jungle Temples and the Milk of Chaos
421

i4 The Heart of Persia
225
I5 The Tower of Qabus 137
238
Russian Outpost 145
245
PreByzantine Turks and Civilization Clashes
257
One Death at the Edge of the Earth
429
Ackmrwledgments
439
Index
461
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