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From the bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography and Monsoon, comes a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the 21st century, and what they could mean for the United States.

“Europe is a landscape; East Asia is a seascape.” Thus begins the first chapter of Asia’s Cauldron and thus does renowned travel writer and foreign policy expert Robert D. Kaplan draw the line between European conflicts and the geopolitical struggles of the future. Kaplan explains Chinese dominance over the body of water that multiple countries claim and exposes the underreported military buildup in the region. As he describes the conflicting interests that are heating up in East Asia, Kaplan interprets America’s interests and responsibilities to Asian allegiances in the context of a more dominant China. Asia’s Cauldron is sure to become required reading for Asia watchers and general readers alike.

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  • Trade Paperback


    April 1, 2015

    Random House USA

    256 pages

    RRP $27.99

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