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Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World / Robert D. Kaplan.

Kaplan, Robert D. (Author). Dufris, William, (Narrator.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781681684086 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • ISBN: 168168408X (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 22 min.)) : digital
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [United States] : HighBridge : 2017.

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by William Dufris.
Summary, etc.:
As a boy, Robert D. Kaplan listened to his truck-driver father's evocative stories about traveling across America as a young man, travels in which he learned to understand the country from a ground-level perspective. In Earning the Rockies, Kaplan undertakes his own cross-country journey to recapture an appreciation and understanding of American geography that is often lost in the jet age. The history of westward expansion is examined here in a new light-not just a story of genocide and individualism, but also of communalism and a respect for the limits of a water-starved terrain-to understand how settling the West shaped our national character, and how it should shape our foreign policy. In his clear-eyed and moving meditations on the American landscape, Kaplan lays bare the roots of American greatness-the fact that we are a nation, empire, and continent all at once-and how we must reexamine those roots, and understand our geography, in order to confront the challenging, anarchic world that Kaplan describes. Earning the Rockies is a short epic, a story both personal and global in scope.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.

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