A Comparative Review of Robert D. Kaplan’s Warrior Politics and John Gray’s Straw Dogs

January 18, 2012 David Hurley 0

This is a comparative review of Warrior Politics, by Robert Kaplan, and Straw Dogs, by John Gray, which I wrote in 2003. The website it originally appeared on is long gone, so I am republishing it here…

John Gray is one of several contemporary writers who look back to classical antiquity for inspiration. In his book, Straw Dogs, several of Gray’s references to ancient Greece reminded me of similar choices made by Robert D. Kaplan in Warrior Politics and so I thought it would be interesting to compare the two books even though they discuss quite different subjects.