Earning the Rockies

Earning the Rockies

How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World

eBook - 2017
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As a boy, Robert Kaplan recalls his father driving trucks across the country to earn a living for his family, a man who witnessed and understood America 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. Along the way, he witnesses both prosperity and decline--increasingly cosmopolitan cities that benefit from globalization, impoverished small towns abandoned by the same--and paints a bracingly clear portrait of America today, including the anger and alienation that is currently giving rise to Trump and Sanders candidacies. Kaplan lays bare the roots of American greatness--the fact that we are a nation, empire, and continent all at once--and how westward expansion shaped our national character, and should shape our foreign policy.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399588235
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations


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ontherideau Nov 03, 2018

Big thanks to the gentleman who suggested I read this book. It's beautiful when a customer feels that strongly about something they have read. The information and views of the author explained the USA in ways this Canadian would never see.

Oct 26, 2018

As a history and geography fan, I really enjoyed this book. I hadn’t thought about how the rivers in the US have helped to strengthen the country while the rivers in the USSR divided the country. I found the concept that if the US had been settled from the west to the east, our country might have different strengths and values.

Oct 23, 2018

At once memoir, travelogue and an overview of America’s foreign policy role, all viewed through a lens that focuses on America’s geography. As a person who grew up in the West and loves its social histories I found this look at Manifest Destiny intriguing. His profiles of environmentalists like Bernard DeVoto, Wallace Stegner and John Wesley Powell were familiar ground, which was great reading again. It was last month’s [September 2018] New York Times/PBS NewsHour ‘Now Read This’ selection. Other readers had mixed reviews.

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