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In Europe's Shadow

Robert D. Kaplan

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Random House Inc
15 February 2016
Memoirs; History; European history; Military history; Travel writing
Robert Kaplan first visited Romania in the 1970s, when he was a young journalist and the country was a bleak Communist backwater. What ensued was a lifelong fascination with a critical, often-overlooked country. This is a vivid blend of memoir, travelogue, journalism, and history. Kaplan illuminates the history and culture of Romania while also telling a personal story about his own intellectual development. And it's a bigger story about Europe- geography, imperialism, the question of fate in international relations, the Cold War, the Holocaust, and more. Kaplan began this book well before Russia sparked a new Cold War with its aggression in Ukraine. Romania is a metaphor for Europe's current challenge in confronting Putin, and this is the book you must read to truly understand the crisis with Russia.
By:   Robert D. Kaplan
Imprint:   Random House Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780812996814
ISBN 10:   081299681X
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   15 February 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ROBERT D. KAPLAN is the author of 16 books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, 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 over three decades. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan among the world's o100 Top Global Thinkers.o In 2014, he joined the Center for New American Security as a senior fellow. He previously served as chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor. From 2009 to 2011, he served under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as a member of the Defense Policy Board. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.

Reviews for In Europe's Shadow

Advance praise for In Europe s Shadow A masterly work of important history, analysis, and prophecy about the ancient and modern rise of Romania as a roundabout between Russia and Europe . . . I learned something new on every page. Robert D. Kaplan is a master. Tom Brokaw A tour de force of cultural and political travel writing in which Romania s complex past and uncertain present become vivid and newly urgent. Colin Thubron, author of Shadow of the Silk Road and co-editor of Patrick Leigh Fermor s The Broken Road Robert D. Kaplan has the remarkable ability to see over the geopolitical horizon, and he now turns his attention to Europe s marchlands the former Greater Romania lying between the Balkans and a resurgent Russia. In a triple journey through books, landscapes, and histories, he tackles the meaning of geography, the influence of intellectuals, and the daffiness and power of nationalism.. . . Timely, insightful, and deeply honest. Charles King, professor of international affairs, Georgetown University, and author of Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul For an appreciation of contemporary Romanian attitudes, Robert Kaplan s book has no equal. As an outsider, yet within, the author offers an analysis of Romania that combines erudition and authority. His sparkling, suggestive reflections, drawing upon history and landscape, capture the DNA of the country and its inhabitants. Dennis Deletant, Ion Ra iu Visiting Professor of Romanian Studies, Georgetown University, and emeritus professor, University College London A moving book an illuminating and compassionate guide through the labyrinth of Romania s immensely convoluted and often traumatic past . . . In spite of the many dark, distressing moments that no one should ignore, In Europe s Shadow conveys a sense of hope, promise, and continuous renewal. Vladimir Tism neanu, professor of politics, University of Maryland, and author of The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century Kaplan illuminates the extraordinary journey of the people of Romania, as well as millions of other East Europeans, from the tragic Soviet despotism of the decades after the Second World War to their more hopeful and democratic future as members of NATO and the European Union. Kaplan s ability to weave together complex histories, religion, memory, and political thought is nearly unmatched. Nicholas Burns, professor, Harvard Kennedy School, and former undersecretary of state for political affairs A favorite of mine for years, Robert D. Kaplan is a thoughtful and insight-driven historian who writes clear and compelling prose, but what I like most about him is his political sophistication. In Europe s Shadow makes you look up and think about what s on the page a true pleasure for the reader. Alan Furst

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