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â[Kaplan] has emerged not only as an eloquent defender of foreign-policy realism but as a grand strategist to whom the Pentagon turns for a tour dâhorizon.ââThe Wall Street Journal
In the late thirteenth century, Marco Polo began a decades-long trek from Venice to China along the trade route between Europe and Asia known as the Silk Roadâa foundation of Kublai Khanâs sprawling empire. Now, in the early twenty-first century, the Chinese regime has proposed a land-and-maritime Silk Road that duplicates exactly the route Marco Polo traveled.
Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed forÂ The Atlantic,Â Robert D. Kaplan outlines the timeless principles that should shape Americaâs role in a turbulent world that encompasses the Chinese challenge. From Kaplanâs immediate thoughts on President Trump to a frank examination of what will happen in the event of war with North Korea, these essays are a vigorous reckoning with the difficult choices the United States will face in the years ahead.
Praise for The Return of Marco Poloâs World
âElegant and humane . . . [a] prophecy from an observer with a depressingly accurate record of predictions.ââBret Stephens,Â The New York Times Book Review
âThese essays constitute a truly pathbreaking, brilliant synthesis and analysis of geographic, political, technological, and economic trends with far-reaching consequences. The Return of Marco Poloâs World is another work by Robert D. Kaplan that will be regarded as a classic.ââGeneral David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.)
âThoughtful, unsettling, but not apocalyptic analyses of world affairs flow steadily off the presses, and this is a superior example. . . . Presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years.ââKirkus ReviewÂ (starred review)
âAn astute, powerfully stated, and bracing presentation.ââBooklist
âThis volume compiles sixteen major essays on Americaâs foreign policy from national security commentator Kaplan. . . . An overview of thoughtful, multilayered positions and perspectives evolving through changing circumstances.ââPublishers Weekly
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