Book Recommendation-The Return of Marco Polo's World


10-Year Member
Dec 6, 2011

Full Disclosure; I haven't read the book yet. There is a review in this AM's WSJ. and I just ordered it on Amazon. I have read and recommended on this forum several of Robert Kaplan's books. They attempt to unpack extremely complicated foreign policy/military challenges for the US. A common thread connecting all his books is emphasis on the deterministic role of geography.

This book seems to be no exception. It examines the geopolitical/military implications of China's "belt and road" project, which uses rails, roads, and pipelines to connect Beijing and Tehran and the 'Stans in between.

I gave my DS Kaplan's book, Imperial Grunts, when he was in high school. It turned the light on for him and put the military as a possible future pursuit. More than 10 years later, I can say mission accomplished.
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