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Please try again later. This is essential reading for any professional soldier or diplomat conducting business in east Africa. Kaplan neatly lays out the narrative as is his style. His commentary is on target. I have worked this theater for 5 years now and he does not write one thing which I can say is inaccurate. His insights provide explanation to what may seem to the uninitiated as chaos.
I apologize for the obnoxious and arguably flippant alliteration in that title, but it manages to be remarkably accurate. I found this book to be an extremely well-written and enlightening, if at times somewhat chaotic, account of the complicated situation on the horn of Africa around the time of the mids. Its focus is on the underreported factors that contributed to the famine that ravaged the region, namely that regional wars and corrupt leaders were far more responsible for the mass starvation and suffering than simply the drought itself. A compelling if depressing read that sheds light on protracted, devastating events that are largely unknown to most of the world.
One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Kaplan has great books because he is on the ground, describing what he sees.
Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea by Robert D. Kaplan
This one would have been better if I would have read it years ago. Still, it is a good history of the region.
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You can tell it was one of the first books that he wrote. Sometimes you lose track of the people he is writing about. But overall, it is a good read, especially if you like his other books.
Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea
I always enjoy reading Robert Kaplan, so the book is a great tour of Africa. Even though the material is now somewhat dated, I am sure that the political and social contexts have not changed all that much in the intervening years. I recommend this like all Mr. Kaplan's other works highly. Insightful and easy to read analysis of the 70s and 80s Horn of Africa. And the political side of the s famine.
As always a great book from the Author. I've been reading Kaplan for years. He has a unique way of exploring an issue or region of the world and bringing it home for the reader in a way that balances history, politics, and culture with a touch of the exotic. Kaplan also has a keep grasp of the world and where it is going.
Reading Kaplan is always interesting, provocative, and thought-provoking. I would recommend any book he's written as a good read. I must confess my ignorance about Ethiopia. I grew up with the commercials for starving children and famine relief and Live Aid, but I never actually knew much about it. I just figured it was another group of hungry people who were doomed by bad weather and bad geography.
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I never paid much attention to the issues of that part of the world, so I was shocked to learn just how much I had missed in my own lifetime in Ethiopia. Kaplan does a terrific job of explaining the background and bringing the issues to vivid life. This book is somewhat dated, but it still serves as a great description of what was happening in the region in the s and s and it helps shed light on the issues facing the region today.
Reviews "A writer of extraordinary intellect and passion. Kaplan paints a horrific picture of often fatal cruelty. He draws attention to long-term trends that other writers have little noted. Fundamentals of Pathology - Pathoma: Step 1 Review By Dr. Comprar eBook - 1. Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group , 18 dic. Reporting from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea, Kaplan examines the factors behind the famine that ravaged the region in the s, exploring the ethnic, religious, and class conflicts that are crucial for understanding the region today.
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He offers a new foreword and afterword that show how the nations have developed since the famine, and why this region will only grow more important to the United States. Wielding his trademark ability to blend on-the-ground reporting and cogent analysis, Robert D.
Kaplan introduces us to a fascinating part of the world, one that it would behoove all of us to know more about.
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