Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in by Robert D. Kaplan

By Robert D. Kaplan

An incisive portrait of the yankee panorama that exhibits how geography keeps to figure out America’s function within the world—from the bestselling writer of The Revenge of Geography and Balkan Ghosts

As a boy, Robert D. Kaplan listened to his truck-driver father inform evocative tales approximately touring throughout the USA in his early life, travels within which he discovered to appreciate the rustic actually from the floor up. there has been a particular word from Kaplan’s adolescence that captured this attitude: A westward vacationer needs to “earn the Rockies” via driving—not flying—across the flat Midwest and nice Plains.

In Earning the Rockies, Kaplan undertakes his personal cross-country trip to recapture an appreciation of yankee geography usually misplaced within the jet age. touring west, within the comparable course because the pioneers, Kaplan traverses a wealthy and sundry panorama that continues to be the first resource of yank strength. alongside the way in which, he witnesses either prosperity and decline—increasingly cosmopolitan towns that thrive on globalization, impoverished cities denuded via the lack of manufacturing—and paints a bracingly transparent photograph of the US today.

The heritage of westward growth is tested the following in a brand new light—as a narrative not only of genocide and individualism, but in addition of communalism and a admire for the bounds of a water-starved terrain, a frontier event that bent our nationwide personality towards pragmatism. Kaplan exhibits how the good midcentury works of geography and geopolitics by means of Bernard DeVoto, Walter Prescott Webb, and Wallace Stegner are extra proper this day than ever prior to. Concluding his trip at Naval Base San Diego, Kaplan appears out around the Pacific Ocean to the subsequent frontier: China, India, and the rising international locations of Asia. And within the ultimate bankruptcy, he offers a gripping description of an anarchic global and explains why America’s overseas coverage reaction should be rooted in its personal geographical situation.

during this brief, extreme meditation at the American panorama, Robert D. Kaplan reminds us of an ignored resource of yank power: the truth that we're a state, empire, and continent suddenly. Earning the Rockies is an pressing reminder of ways a nation’s geography nonetheless foreshadows its destiny, and the way we needs to reexamine our personal panorama in an effort to confront the demanding situations that lie sooner than us.

Praise for Earning the Rockies

“There is extra perception the following into the Age of Trump than in bushels of political-horse-race journalism. . . . Earning the Rockies is a tonic, since it brings basics again into view.”The big apple occasions booklet evaluate (Editors’ Choice)

“A sui generis author . . . America’s East Coast institution has just one Robert Kaplan, anyone as fluently acquainted with the Balkans, Iraq, important Asia and West Africa as he's approximately Ohio and Wyoming.”Financial Times

“Kaplan has pursued tales in locations as distant as Yemen and Outer Mongolia. In Earning the Rockies, he visits a spot nearly as distant to many american citizens: those usa. . . . The author’s element is an effective one: the United States is shaped, partly, via a geographic environment that's either sanctuary and watchtower.”The Wall road Journal

“A brilliant reminder of the impression of America’s geography on its procedure. . . . Kaplan’s most up-to-date contribution might be required reading.”—Henry A. Kissinger

“Unflinchingly sincere, this clean strategy indicates how principles from outdoor Washington, D.C., will stability America’s idealism and pragmatism in facing a replaced world.”—Secretary of security James Mattis

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