Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground

Author:   Robert D Kaplan ,  Don Leslie
Publisher:   Books on Tape
Edition:   abridged edition
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9781415945889


Publication Date:   04 December 2007
Format:   Downloadable audio file
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In this extraordinary book, Robert D. Kaplan lets readers experience up close the American military worldwide in the air, at sea, and on the ground: flying in a B-2 bomber, living on a nuclear submarine, and traveling with a Stryker brigade on missions around the world. Provided unprecedented access, Kaplan moves from destroyers off the coast of Indonesia to submarines in the central Pacific, from simulated Iraqi training grounds in Alaska to technology bases in Las Vegas, from army and marine land forces in the heart of the Sahara Desert, to air bases in Guam and Thailand and beyond. Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts provides not only a riveting ground-level portrait of the Global War on Terrorism on several continents, but also a gritty firsthand account of how U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are protecting sea-lanes, providing disaster relief, contending with the military rise of China, fighting the war in Iraq, and crafting contingency plans for war with North Korea and Iran. Expanding on Kaplan's acclaimed Imperial Grunts, the first volume of his exploration of the American military, which offers the reader an enlightened way to understand what is happening in the world ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts shifts focus to the Pacific, where emerging Asian powers present vexing diplomatic and strategic challenges to U.S. influence. In this volume, Kaplan completes his analysis of army Special Forces and the marines, while also taking readers into the heart of the myriad tribal cultures of the air force, surface and subsurface navies, and the regular army's Stryker brigades. Kaplan goes deep into their highly technical and exotic worlds, and he tells this story through the words and perspectives of the enlisted personnel and junior officers themselves-men and women who, as he writes, have had their national identities as Americans engraved in sharp bas-relief. This provocative and illuminating book, like Imperial Grunts before it, not only conveys the vast scope of America's military commitments, which rarely make it into the news, but also shows us astonishing and vital operations right as they unfold-from the point of view of the troops themselves. From the Hardcover edition.

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Author:   Robert D Kaplan ,  Don Leslie
Publisher:   Books on Tape
Imprint:   Books on Tape
Edition:   abridged edition
ISBN:  

9781415945889


ISBN 10:   1415945888
Publication Date:   04 December 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Downloadable audio file
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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A valuable bridge across the country's widening civil-military divide. It is an important contribution to our understanding of how this military works in the 21st century. <br>-- The New York Times <br> No one understands better the burdens carried by today's men and women in uniform. If you aren't reading Kaplan, you aren't fully informed. <br>-- Minneapolis Star Tribune <br> Again and again in this book, we see how military service, even in peacetime, provides the catalyst that allows common men to perform uncommon deeds. <br>-- The Wall Street Journal <br> Recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand the full reach of America's global military power, or trying to comprehend the incredibly complicated, but increasingly important, soft-power demands being placed on today's military. <br>-- The Boston Globe <p> From the Trade Paperback edition.


A valuable bridge across the country's widening civil-military divide. It is an important contribution to our understanding of how this military works in the 21st century. -- The New York Times No one understands better the burdens carried by today's men and women in uniform. If you aren't reading Kaplan, you aren't fully informed. -- Minneapolis Star Tribune Again and again in this book, we see how military service, even in peacetime, provides the catalyst that allows common men to perform uncommon deeds. -- The Wall Street Journal Recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand the full reach of America's global military power, or trying to comprehend the incredibly complicated, but increasingly important, soft-power demands being placed on today's military. -- The Boston Globe From the Trade Paperback edition.


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