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In Europe's Shadow

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By Kaplan, Robert D.

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From the New York Times bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a riveting journey through one of Europe s frontier countries and a potent examination of the forces that will determine Europe s fate i...n the postmodern age. Robert Kaplan first visited Romania in the 1970s, when he was a young journalist and the country was a bleak Communist backwater. It was one of the darkest corners of Europe, but few Westerners were paying attention. What ensued was a lifelong obsession with a critical, often overlooked country a country that, today, is key to understanding the current threat that Russia poses to Europe. In Europe s Shadow is a vivid blend of memoir, travelogue, journalism, and history, a masterly work thirty years in the making the story of a journalist coming of age, and a country struggling to do the same. Through the lens of one country, Kaplan examines larger questions of geography, imperialism, the role of fate in international relations, the Cold War, the Holocaust, and more. Here Kaplan illuminates the fusion of the Latin West and the Greek East that created Romania, the country that gave rise to Ion Antonescu, Hitler s chief foreign accomplice during World War II, and the country that was home to the most brutal strain of Communism under Nicolae Ceau escu. Romania past and present are rendered in cinematic prose: the ashen faces of citizens waiting in bread lines in Cold War era Bucharest; the B r gan Steppe, laid bare by centuries of foreign invasion; the grim labor camps of the Black Sea Canal; the majestic Gothic church spires of Transylvania and Maramure . Kaplan finds himself in dialogue with the great thinkers of the past, and with the Romanians of today, the philosophers, priests, and politicians those who struggle to keep the flame of humanism alive in the era of a resurgent Russia. Upon his return to Romania in 2013 and 2014, Kaplan found the country transformed yet again now a traveler s destination shaped by Western tastes, yet still emerging from the long shadows of Hitler and Stalin. In Europe s Shadow is the story of an ideological and geographic frontier and the book you must read in order to truly understand the crisis with Russia, and within Europe itself. Praise for In Europe s Shadow [A] haunting yet ultimately optimistic examination of the human condition as found in Romania . . . Kaplan s account of the centuries leading up to the most turbulent of all the twentieth is both sweeping and replete with alluring detail. The New York Times Book Review A serious yet impassioned survey of Romania . . . [Kaplan s] method is that of a foreign correspondent, firing off dispatches from the South China Sea to North Yemen to the darkest corners of Eastern Europe. . . . Kaplan is a regional geographer par excellence. The Christian Science Monitor Kaplan s work exemplifies rare intellectual, moral and political engagement with the political order and disorder of our world. The Huffington Post 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. Tom Brokaw 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.A true pleasure for the reader. Alan Furst From the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN 9780812986624
Released NZ 15 Oct 2017
Publisher Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780812986624
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House Inc
Released 15 Oct 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kaplan, Robert D.
Category Biography & Autobiography
European History
Military History
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 202mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 949.8032
Weight 272g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Romania - Description and travel, Romania - History - 1944-1989, Romania - History - 1989, Kaplan, Robert D. - Travel - Romania
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade