A Brace of Books: Kaplan’s Monsoon and Jindal’s Leadership and Crisis
Two authors will be on today’s show, and their books are at the center of crucial national discussions. One is America’s most intrepid traveling journalist and the other among its most innovative governors.
The first hour of the program will feature my second conversation with Robert Kaplan about his extraordinary Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. We will be discussing the chapters devoted to India and Bangladesh, the former crucial to President Obama’s recently completed trip and the latter especially timely for my audience which just heard from Cool It’s Bjorn Lomborg on the relative benignity of an eight-inch rise in the ocean level. Much of Kaplan’s chapter in Monsoon on Bangladesh has to do with the consequences of just such a rise, and they are not in Kaplan’s view at all benign.
There is also a long section of Monsoon devoted to Clive, one of the most interesting and least considered individuals of the 18th century.
From Clive to Katrina, via Bobby Jindal, whose new book Leadership and Crisis is as compellingly readable as the young Louisiana governor is watchable at a press conference. Leadership and Crisis rips along with an unusual display of candor, biography and powerful punches at President Obama and the federal government, mixed in with fascinating glimpses of this child of immigrants incredibly rapid rise to the highest office in the most unusual state. Along the way the stories of life in Louisiana mixes with details from the aftermath of the Gulf Spill, his infant son’s heart surgery, and of course Katrina. Leadership and Crisis is very unusual in that it is a book by a political figure which will sell for a very long time.