**LINK REMOVED** 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.