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Imperial grunts : the American military on the ground
Kaplan, Robert D., 1952-
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New York : Random House, [2005]

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xiii, 421 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Veteran correspondent Kaplan shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world. Kaplan takes us from the jungles of the southern Philippines to the dust bowls of Mongolia, from the forts of Afghanistan to the forests of South America--not to mention Iraq--to show us Army Special Forces, Marines, and other uniformed Americans carrying out the many facets of U.S. foreign policy: negotiating with tribal factions, storming terrorist redoubts, performing humanitarian missions and training foreign soldiers. Kaplan provides an insider's account of where America, including the culture of its officers and enlisted men, is headed. This book has the potential to change the way readers view the men and women of the military, war, and the global reach of America today.--From publisher description.
Prologue : Injun country -- CENTCOM : Yemen, winter 2002, with notes on Colombia -- SOUTHCOM : Colombia, winter 2003, with notes on El Salvador -- PACOM : Mongolia, spring 2003, with notes on Macedonia, Bosnia, and Tajikistan -- PACOM : the Philippines, summer 2003, with notes on the Philippines, 1898-1913 -- CENTCOM and SOCOM : Afghanistan, autumn 2003, with notes on Pakistan's northwest frontier -- From the Army to the Marines--Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina : winter 2003-2004 -- CENTCOM : Horn of Africa, winter 2004, with notes on East Africa -- CENTCOM : Iraq, spring 2004, with notes on Nicaragua and Vietnam -- Epilogue : the interior continent.
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