***The Coming Anarchy
Shattering the Dreams of the Post-cold War
by Robert D. Kaplan
Reviewed August 2001.
Available at Sembach Library (909.82 KAP).
This one was much harder reading, and when I was done, I wasn’t quite
sure how to summarize it. Essentially, it’s a book about world affairs.
It’s definitely a pessimistic book, but, again, it gives lots of food for
thought. The chapters are essays originally published in The Atlantic
, but all relate to world affairs.
The title essay was the most interesting. The author looks at
the chaos in West Africa, where no government actually has control.
He talks about factors that led to this situation, and why this may happen
in many other parts of the world. He explains why many poor countries
aren’t stable enough yet to support a democracy. If you give a democracy
to a country where a large ethnic majority hates the ethnic minorities, you
may be asking for trouble. (That’s an huge simplification of what
he has to say.) Again, I recommend this book as something worth mulling
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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