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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A ``brief romp'' through West Africa, Egypt, Iran, Central Asia, western China, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, and Cambodia by Atlantic Monthly contributing editor Kaplan (Balkan Ghosts, 1993, etc.). You ... Read full review

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Kaplan, author of Balkan Ghosts (LJ 2/15/93) and a contributing editor to Atlantic Monthly, provoked extensive debate when he initially set out the theme of this book in an article in that magazine ... Read full review

Contents

An Unsentimental Journey
21
From Graham Greene to Thomas Malthus?
32
Along the Gulf of Guinea
70
The Hollow Pyramid
89
Islamic Coketown
101
Voices of the Tormented City
119
Mother Lode
142
By Caspian Shores
163
Clean Toilets and the Legacy of Empires
273
SuperChaos and PhysicalSocial Theory
290
Strategic Hippie Routes
302
The Roof of the World
312
The Last Map
325
The Way of the Future?
339
Journey in a Plague Year
341
Rishi Valley and Human Ingenuity
354

The Earths Soft Centre
173
1o A Country of Flowers and Nightingales
175
The Revolution of the Hand
188
Bazaar States
199
Qoms Last Tremors
215
The Heart of Persia
225
The Tower of Qabus
237
Geographical Destinies
243
Russian Outpost
245
PreByzantine Turks and Civilization Clashes
256
Environmental and Sexual Limits
369
Laos or Greater Siam?
390
Back to Sierra Leone?
401
Jungle Temples and the Milk of Chaos
421
One Death at the Edge of the Earth
429
Acknowledgments
439
Bibliography
443
Index
461
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