By Robert D. Kaplan
Writer of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D. Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to document on a global of disintegrating geographical regions, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling assets. He emerges with a gritty travel de strength of commute writing and political journalism. even if he's strolling via a shantytown within the Ivory Coast or a demise camp in Cambodia, conversing with refugees, border guards, or Iranian revolutionaries, Kaplan travels below the main exhausting stipulations and purveys the main startling truths. Intimate and intrepid, erudite and visceral, The Ends of the Earth is an unflinching examine the locations and peoples that may make tomorrow's headlines--and the heritage of the following millennium."Kaplan is an American grasp of...travel writing from hell...Pertinent and compelling."--New York instances ebook Review"An amazing paintings. so much go back and forth books appear trivial beside it."--Washington put up publication international
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