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By Robert D. Kaplan

Writer of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D. Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to file on a global of disintegrating realms, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling assets. He emerges with a gritty travel de strength of go back and forth writing and political journalism. no matter if he's jogging via a shantytown within the Ivory Coast or a dying camp in Cambodia, conversing with refugees, border guards, or Iranian revolutionaries, Kaplan travels below the main hard stipulations and purveys the main startling truths. Intimate and intrepid, erudite and visceral, The Ends of the Earth is an unflinching examine the locations and peoples that would make tomorrow's headlines--and the background of the following millennium."Kaplan is an American grasp writing  from hell...Pertinent and compelling."--New York occasions booklet Review"An striking paintings. such a lot commute books appear trivial beside it."--Washington publish booklet global

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Though nobody said it, aid workers and diplomats knew that if all the ten thousand Lebanese ever left Sierra Leone, so might they. The Lebanese were a life-support system for foreigners, whether it was by arranging truck transport for refugee reliefer offering lunch in a Western-style place. But in Sierra Leone, many Africans often saw little good in the Lebanese. “Fuck the Lebanese” read the graffiti on a wall near Michelle’s apartment house. Freetown newspapers were purveyors of blatant ethnocen-trism regarding the Lebanese.

I knocked on his door at eight in the morning. Half-naked and sleepy-eyed, he told me to wait in the living room for ten minutes until he had washed and dressed. The smaller and more out-of-the-way the place, the less formality was required. I had figured I didn’t need an appointment to bang on his door so early in the day and his friendly, enthusiastic voice told me I was right. As he quickly informed me, his phone hadn’t been working for months. While waiting I looked around. It was a dusty house, barely furnished.

In Sierra Leone, social dissolution was all around. The government, as either a moral force or an organizing factor of public life, simply did not exist. Fuad lived with his mother and seven brothers and sisters. ” He had a “diploma” but no job prospects. Without money, he could probably not get into a college. Yet Fuad appeared gentle, calm. Rather than angry, he was determined, repeatedly asking me to write a recommendation letter for him, to help him with a scholarship to a college in Freetown.

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