Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author of Balkan Ghosts
and The Ends of the Earth
comes a fascinating new book on the imminent global chaos that is as brilliant as it is necessary, as original as it is controversial.
The end of the Cold War has not ushered in the global peace and prosperity that many had anticipated. Environmental degradation is causing the rampant spread of famine and disease, and a rising number of nations are being torn by violent wars of fierce tribalism and trenchant regionalism. Our newest democracies, such as Russia and Venezuela, are bloody maelstroms of violence and crime, while America is beset with an alarmingly high number of apathetic citizens content to concern themselves with matters of entertainment and convenience. Bold, erudite, and profoundly important, The Coming Anarchy is a compelling must-read by one of today's most penetrating writers and provocative minds.
"Analytically daring.... Informed by a rock-solid, unwavering realism and an utter absence of sentimentality.... Kaplan is a knowledgeable and forceful polemicist who mixes the attributes of journalist and visionary." —The New York Times
"Ambitiously eclectic.... [Kaplan] is one of America's most engaging writers on contemporary international affairs." —The New York Times Book Review
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the bestselling author of "Balkan Ghosts" comes a new book on imminent global chaos. The end of the Cold War has not ushered in the global peace and prosperity that many had anticipated with environmental degradation and a rising number of nations torn by violent wars. Bold and profoundly important, "The Coming Anarchy" is a compelling work by one of today's most provocative minds.
Debunking overly optimistic theories of an idyllic post-Cold War world, the author of Balkan Ghosts predicts that war, ethnic conflict, random violence, and fear will be hallmarks of the next century. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
About the Author
Robert D. Kaplan is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and the author of six previous books on travel and foreign affairs, translated into a dozen languages. His bestseller Balkan Ghosts was chosen by The New York Times as one of the Best Books of 1993 and by Amazon.com as one of the top ten travel books of all time. An Empire Wilderness and The Ends of the Earth were also national bestsellers; the former was chosen by The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as Best Book of the Year. Kaplan lectures frequently to the U.S. military, was a consultant to the U.S. Army's Special Forces Regiment, and is a fellow at the New America Foundation. He has written the Introduction to the Modern Library's edition of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim & Nostromo. Kaplan lives with his wife and son in western Massachusetts.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
I. The Coming Anarchy -- II. Was Democracy Just a Moment? -- III. Idealism Won't Stop Mass Murder -- IV. Special Intelligence -- V. And Now for the News: The Disturbing Freshness of Gibbon's Decline and Fall -- VI. Proportionalism: A Realistic Approach to Foreign Policy -- VII. Kissinger, Metternich, and Realism -- VIII. Conrad's Nostromo and the Third World -- IX. The Dangers of Peace.