The Loom of Time: Between Empire and Anarchy, from the Mediterranean to China


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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of twenty-two books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Adriatic, The Good American, The Revenge of Geography, Asia's Cauldron, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He holds the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He was a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. Foreign Policy twice named him one of the world's Top 100 Global Thinkers.


"A lively and provocative new study explores the powerful forces influencing the region in a disorderly, multipolar world."--Financial Times

"In this captivating examination of how geography, history, and culture have coalesced to shape political order in the Greater Middle East, . . . Robert D. Kaplan has once again shown his mastery."--Vali Nasr, Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs and author of The Shia Revival

"The Loom of Time is Robert D. Kaplan's latest, characteristically magisterial book, and . . . holds the key to his enduring importance."--UnHerd

"Ambitious, learned, sweeping, and thought provoking, Kaplan's book is a fascinating story of a decadeslong journey to understand the Middle East's nuances, and it is richly rewarding."--Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, director, Middle East Program

"With many Americans longing to leave a region of 'endless wars' in the rear-view mirror, Kaplan'strenchant observations remind us that it will remain a fundamental U.S. concern for years to come."--Eric S. Edelman, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and former undersecretary of defense for policy

"Luminously written, . . .the book brims with perceptive, vivid insights. . . . A masterful account."--Rajan Menon, author of The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention

"This lucid and penetrating bundle of insight on the Greater Middle East . . . couldn't be more timely."--Robert W. Merry, author of President McKinley

"No one captures the complexities and contradictions of this region like Robert Kaplan. The Loom of Time weaves together history, biography, and sharp reporting to tell a story of a region still in search of itself."--Ray Takeyh, author of The Last Shah

"Robert Kaplan's latest sweeping interpretation of human history draws on a half century of travel across strategic chunks of Europe, Africa, and Asia to try to make sense of our troubled times. . . . Kaplan, once again, is provocative. His conclusions in The Loom of Time, once again, are sure to spark deep debate."--Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah

"The Loom of Time is a book that everyone who wants to understand the real forces that decide war and peace should read. Written in a lucid, engaging prose, this is a book that experts will profit from reading and non-specialist readers won't be able to put down."--John Gray, author of The New Leviathans: Thoughts After Liberalism

"Another tour de force . . . As always, the author offers much food for thought about a variety of geopolitical issues. Little encouraging news but brilliantly delivered."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Some may criticize Kaplan's conservative outlook and grand pronouncements, but he offers much provocative food for thought."--Publishers Weekly

"The future, argues Kaplan, will resemble the past. As the age of the Westphalian nation-state wanes, a likely eventuality, given current trends, older patterns of regional influence will reemerge. . . ."--Booklist