We’re excited to announce that “Earning the Rockies” by Robert D. Kaplan is our September pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.”
“Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America’s Role in the World” is a mix of road trip, memoir, history and political analysis by Robert D. Kaplan, a geopolitical thinker and bestselling author of 18 books on foreign affairs and travel. Through the lens of landscape, the book examines where we’ve been as a country, where we are today and where we may be going.
In a review of the book in The New York Times Book Review, Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote that “Earning the Rockies” was written prior to the 2016 election, but “there is more insight here into the Age of Trump than in bushels of political-horse-race journalism.”
In the coming days, we’ll post discussion questions for the book, an annotated excerpt, and writing advice from Kaplan. And at the end of the month, he will answer your questions on air.
Just joining? Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up for our newsletter. You can find all of our book club content here, or look back at our conversations about previous selections for the book club below:
- Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection “What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky“
- Min Jin Lee’s historical family saga “Pachinko“
- Andrew Sean Greer’s comic novel “Less“
- Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated‘
- Dan Egan’s environmental portrait “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes“
- Mohsin Hamid’s magical novel “Exit West”
- David Grann’s true crime tale “Killers of the Flower Moon”
- Jesmyn Ward’s lyrical “Sing, Unburied, Sing”
Thanks for reading along!