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"Full of surprises and unusual revelations . . . an informed and disturbing portrait of the new American badlands."--Chicago Tribune

"[Kaplan is] tireless, curious, and smart. . . . I cannot imagine anyone will concoct a more convincing scenario for the American future." --Thurston Clarke,   The New York Times

With the same prescience and eye for telling detail that distinguished his bestselling Balkan Ghosts, Robert Kaplan now explores his native country, the United States of America. His starting point: the conviction that America is a country not in decline but in transition, slowly but inexorably shedding its identity as a monolithic nation-state and assuming a radically new one.

        Everywhere Kaplan travels--from St. Louis, Missouri, to Portland, Oregon, from the forty-ninth parallel to the banks of the Rio Grande--he finds an America ever more fragmented along lines of race, class, education, and geography. An America whose wealthy communities become wealthier and more fortress-like as they become more closely linked to the world's business capitals than to the desolate ghettoes next door. An America where the political boundaries between the states--and between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico--are becoming increasingly blurred, betokening a vast open zone for trade, commerce, and cultural interaction, the nexus of tomorrow's transnational world. Never nostalgic or falsely optimistic, bracingly unafraid of change and its consequences, Kaplan paints a startling portrait of post-Cold War America--a great nation entering the final, most uncertain phase of its history. Here is travel writing with the force of prophecy.

"Lively . . . Kaplan has a sharp eye for social truth, and his encounters with a chorus of eloquent citizens of the West keeps the narrative humming." --Outside

About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679776871
Author:
Kaplan, Robert D.
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Robert D.Kaplan
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Forecasting
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Wilderness areas
Subject:
Social indicators
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
West (U.S.) Social conditions.
Subject:
United States - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.12 in 0.75 lb

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