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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is a really well written and presented analysis of the very complex topic of the strategic challenge to US power posed by the South China Sea and the countries which surround it. Informed by a large number of in-person interviews with strategic participants it is one of the very few "current affairs" type books that is a truly absorbing read.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The discussions of the roles of Lee Kuan Yu and Chiang Kai Shek in creating the current East Asia. Both descriptions were very insightful and informative.
Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first one. It is excellent even at 1.25x.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"The Coming Storm"
Any additional comments?
Would really love to meet Mr. Kaplan in person some day. He bring deep historical knowledge to current affairs. Really wonderful book!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Seems my ancient degree in International Relations really paid off here! Those without a very strong interest in foreign relations would find this one rather a slog I'm afraid, beyond the travel narrative aspects. Audio narration is well done.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
just ignore his subtle ideological biases (we all have our own). Overall a thorough, well presented and balance perspective on E and S.E Asian history, political motivations and pragmatic socio-economic realities. Well worth a read.