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TitleEarning the rockies : how geography shapes America's role in the world
Author Robert D. Kaplan
ImprintNew York : Random House, 2017
Edition First edition
Descript 201 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm


As a boy, Robert Kaplan listened to his truck-driver father tell evocative stories about traveling across America in his youth, travels in which he learned to understand the country literally from the ground up. In Earning the Rockies, Kaplan undertakes his own cross-country journey to recapture an appreciation of American geography often lost in the jet age. Along the way, he witnesses both prosperity and decline--increasingly cosmopolitan cities that thrive on globalization, impoverished towns denuded by the loss of manufacturing--and paints a bracingly clear picture of America today. 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-- Provided by publisher


Earning the rockies -- A continental empire -- Notes on a vertical landscape -- Notes on a horizontal landscape -- Cathay

Kaplan Robert D. 1952- -- Travel -- United States Landscapes -- Social aspects -- United States City and town life -- United States Imperialism -- History National characteristics American United States -- Geography United States -- Description and travel United States -- Social conditions -- 1980- United States -- Territorial expansion United States -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy

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