Mini-Reviews: Ralph Peters and More on linguistics
Posted by macengr on October 23, 2012
This weekend I read Ralph Peters’s book Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World. In the tradition of Robert D. Kaplan, he combines travel writing with political commentary. The major part of the book is given over to his travels through the former Soviet Union in the mid-90s, and includes insight into Georgia,Azerbaijan, and Armenia. His prose is beautifully written, and his insights into the situations there, although influenced by hindsight, are thought-provoking. Later he recounts his involvement in the drug war in South and Central America as well as Thailand. The book ends in 1998, when he retires from the army and becomes a civilian. I’m hoping there will be a sequel. Peters is a commentator on Fox news, and it should be noted that he has very strong opinions about things. Overall, I think it’s worth a read for anyone interested in travel, COIN, or international security.