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Robert D. Kaplan is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and the bestselling author of eight previous books on foreign affairs and travel, including Balkan Ghosts, The Ends of the Earth, The Coming Anarchy, and Eastward to Tartary.
"There is much to praise in Kaplan's sober realism, his genuine knowledge of the world's danger zones, and his justified contempt for liberal good intentions when they are not backed by steel and will." -The New York Review of Books "Kaplan draws on a rich humanist tradition to shatter the illusion of a collective, post-cold war vision of human progress.... [He] has become the Ayn Rand of international affairs, saying what few dare to say." -New Statesman "The reason I have come to admire Bob Kaplan's little book... is its refusal to apologize for its analogies. This is so refreshing.... What Kaplan is saying-and what Hobbes and Machiavelli and some of the Founders said-was that such realism is in fact more moral than idealism. Idealism in state craft is based on an abdication of responsibility - to govern the world as it is." -Andrew Sullivan "[Kaplan's] comparison of the United States in 2001 with the complacent Roman Empire will be a wake-up call for many readers. His philosophical polemic is well worth reading in these anxious times." -Library Journal