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Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History

Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History - Robert D. Kaplan ☆☆☆★★-- Kaplan's 2005 BALKAN GHOSTS probably deserves the fourth star, but after the 5/5 tour de force of ENDS OF THE EARTH and the probably over-generous 4/5 rating on COMING ANARCHY, I'll for these two separate reasons (the over-accomplishment on the former; the over-rating on the latter) ease down on what is the most widely-read and possibly most influential work of an author spoken in the same breath as historian [a:Fukuyama|32633|Francis Fukuyama|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1226219290p2/32633.jpg], political scientist [a:Samuel Huntington|38041|Samuel P. Huntington|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1225497421p2/38041.jpg], economist [a:Taleb|21559|Nassim Nicholas Taleb|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1206025993p2/21559.jpg]. if Kaplan doesn't enjoy quite the name recognition as these three, it's said he's as widely read in upper-level government circles as this cohort, and if GHOSTS arrives after the fact rather than before (Kaplan is studying a region after it ignites into global attention rather than, remarkably, ENDS OF THE EARTH), on the other hand it's quasi-European setting possibly provides more immediate interest to the Western reader than the still far-off, however smoldering, Central Asia.

Packed with the analysis and historical background that characterizes this true scientist's work, GHOSTS might be a good entry into RDK's work, and certainly carries especial interest into the Southeast Europe specialist. read it for the history, the descriptions, or the analysis.