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The New Great Game [Hardcover]

Lutz Kleveman
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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9 Oct 2003
The Caspian Region, lying south of Russia, west of China and north of Afghanistan, contains the world's largest untapped oil and gas resources. As much as 200 billion barrels of crude oil and 40 per cent of the world's global gas reserves can be found in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. In the years between the death of the Soviet Union and September 11, 2001, oil companies and politicians have struggled to possess and develop these resources. Using a concept immortalised by Kipling in his novel Kim, Lutz Kleveman argues that there is now a new "Great Game" in the region, in which the US, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Iran - most of which are nuclear powers - are competing. He contends that after 9/11, the formidable power of the US has started to drive towards "full spectrum dominance"; that is, global hegemony in the military, political and economic sphere. Kleveman has produced an insightful and exacting portrait of a new theatre of war, a region in which there are few rules and in which the rewards for victory are nothing less than power and prosperity in the new century.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (9 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843541203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843541202
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,711,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘An urgent, vigorous insight into a vital corner of the new century.’ -- Colin Thubron, author of Lost Heart of Asia

About the Author

Lutz Kleveman was born in the United States and studied at the London School of Economics. Bilingual in English and German, he has reported for the Daily Telegraph, Newsweek, Sunday Telegraph, as well and German magazines and newspapers and CNN and ZDF. He is now New York correspondent for Der Spiegel.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where am I? 4 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I decided to look for other Kleveman titles having enjoyed this one so much when I came across your previous reviewer's comments. I have to agree as I did indeed read it with my atlas by my side!
I've only knocked off a single star for the lack of maps as I wouldn't want to discourage people from picking up this even handed and informative review of foreign policy in the Near East.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a strong 5 instead of a weak 3. 29 Dec 2003
By Jpsem
Format:Hardcover
This subject of the book is certainly worthy of its title in relation to Peter Hopkirk's "The Great Game".
Lutz Kleveman has tackled the very pertinent but under publicized subject of the battle being waged for the control of the earth's energy resources as the new century begins. Reading this book will certainly give you some insight into George Bush and the neocon's strategy of "full spectrum dominance" and Joseph Nye's concept of the use and value of "soft power".
However one glaring difference from Hopkirk's highly readable masterpiece is the dearth of maps or photos. I found myself unable to visualise the geographical relationships which are so important to grasping the full impact of this book.
Maps and photos would have tied together those relationships and made a good book on a very relevant topic so much better. Read this book with an atlas of Central Asia next to you. It could have been a strong 5 instead of a weak 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The maps, the maps 3 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As other reviews say, the maps are needed, perhaps another edition will include them. Otherwise, an excellent, unbiased view of this fascinating part of the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Traveller's tales 16 Sep 2004
Format:Hardcover
A good reporter's account of the region. The complexity of the subject matter, whose nexus is oil and the management of the post-Cold War world in Central Asia, begs, however, for a more scholarly approach and greater analytical depth. As an introduction to the region, though, this book is an excellent starter.
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