Kaplan's concept of "Monsoon Asia" refers to the growing strength of nations in the Indian Ocean region, such as India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Kaplan shows a strong sense of history as he assesses countries in the region. John Pruden's reading emphasizes facts and information. Even so, one is intrigued by some of the region's tensions, whether they come from cruel Portuguese invaders of the past or Somali pirates of the present. Kaplan compares the Bush and Obama adminstrations' handling of the region. He also contrasts the moral attitudes of the United States and China toward them. Kaplan's concise snapshots are both interesting and important background information for listeners who are seeking insight into the region's growing influence. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2012]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2012
CD ISBN 9781452606187 $44.99 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781452656182 $24.99 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2012
CD ISBN 9781452636184 $95.99 Eleven CDs
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