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Robert D. Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm. He is the author of fifteen books on foreign affairs and travel, including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, and Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for nearly three decades. In 2011 and 2012 he was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.
 
From 2009 to 2011, Kaplan served on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Since 2008 he has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis.

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Lord Jim & Nostromo

Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 18, 2000
Price: $29.00

Originally published in 1900, Lord Jim is one of Joseph Conrad's most complex literary masterpieces. The story of a young sailor whose moment of cowardice haunts him for the rest of his life, Lord Jim explores Conrad's lifelong obsessions with the nature of guilt and the possibility of redemption.
        Nostromo is considered... Read more >

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The Secret Agent
A Simple Tale
Written by Joseph Conrad
Edited by Peter Mallios
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 14, 2004
Price: $10.95

In reexamining The Secret Agent in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrad’s “surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism,” calling the book “a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does.”

This intense 1907 thriller–a precursor to works by... Read more >
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Taras Bulba

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $13.00

This is the first new translation in forty years. Set sometime between the mid-sixteenth and early-seventeenth century, Taras Bulba is Gogol’s epic tale recounts both a bloody Cossack revolt against the Poles (led by the bold Taras Bulba of Ukrainian folk mythology) and the trials of Taras Bulba’s two sons.

As Robert... Read more >
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Taras Bulba

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $9.99

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An Empire Wilderness
Traveling Into America's Future
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2014
Price: $14.99

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Asia's Cauldron
The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $17.00

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Asia's Cauldron
The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $26.00

From Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a penetrating look at the volatile region that will dominate the future of geopolitical conflict.
 
Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil... Read more >
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Asia's Cauldron
The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $12.99

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The Coming Anarchy
Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $15.95

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... Read more >
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The Coming Anarchy
Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $13.99

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Eastward to Tartary

Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2014
Price: $14.99

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Eastward to Tartary
Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 2001
Price: $15.95

Kaplan takes us on a spellbinding journey into the heart of a volatile region, stretching from Hungary and Romania to the far shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea. Through dramatic stories of unforgettable characters, Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of this unstable area that he describes as the new fault line... Read more >
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An Empire Wilderness
Travels into America's Future
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $18.95

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... Read more >
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The Ends of the Earth
From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $18.95

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... Read more >
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The Ends of the Earth

Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook, 498 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2014
Price: $14.99

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Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts
The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $15.95

In Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts, acclaimed journalist Robert D. Kaplan continues his exploration of the American military's challenging and varied commitments around the world.

From protecting sea lanes, to providing disaster relief, to preparing for potential military confrontation with North Korea and Iran, Kaplan describes the astonishing, vital, and often... Read more >

Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts
The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Imperial Grunts
On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $16.95

In this landmark book, Robert D. Kaplan, veteran correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Balkan Ghosts, shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world.

Given unprecedented access, Kaplan takes us from... Read more >

Imperial Grunts
On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $13.99

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Mediterranean Winter
The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia, and the Peloponnese
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.00

In Mediterranean Winter, we journey with Robert Kaplan through the Mediterranean, basking in the glow of gypsum lamps and the lime-washed mosques of Tunisia; and to Jugurtha's Table, a giant mesa 45-miles southwest of the Algerian border. We travel to the 5th Century Doric Temple at Segesta, to Palermo, a "city... Read more >
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Mediterranean Winter

Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 23, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Monsoon
The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $17.00

On the world maps common in America, the Indian Ocean all but disappears. The Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the Indian Ocean region is relegated to the edges, split up along the maps’ outer reaches. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed twentieth century, for it was... Read more >
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Monsoon
The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $12.99

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The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.00

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and... Read more >
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The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.00

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and... Read more >
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