Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground

By Robert D. Kaplan

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400034581, 428pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2008


In Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts, acclaimed journalist Robert D. Kaplan continues his exploration of the American military's challenging and varied commitments around the world. From protecting sea lanes, to providing disaster relief, to preparing for potential military confrontation with North Korea and Iran, Kaplan describes the astonishing, vital, and often unacknowledged operations regularly performed by American military personnel in the air, at sea, and on the ground. Vivid and illuminating, this book takes us deep into the highly technical and exotic cultures of the armed forces, telling soldiers' stories from the perspective of the troops on the ground.

About the Author
Robert D. Kaplan, a correspondent for" The Atlantic Monthly", is the author of more than a dozen books on travel and foreign affairs that have been translated into many languages. They included "Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus "and "Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History."

Praise For Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

“A valuable bridge across the country's widening civil-military divide. It is an important contribution to our understanding of how this military works in the 21st century.”
The New York Times

“No one understands better the burdens carried by today's men and women in uniform. If you aren't reading Kaplan, you aren't fully informed.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Again and again in this book, we see how military service, even in peacetime, provides the catalyst that allows common men to perform uncommon deeds."
The Wall Street Journal

“Recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand the full reach of America's global military power, or trying to comprehend the incredibly complicated, but increasingly important, soft-power demands being placed on today's military.”
The Boston Globe