Naval War College Review


Robert Kaplan’s book Imperial Grunts is an account of a war journalist cum travel writer visiting U.S. military com- mands worldwide. Kaplan travels through “barracks and outposts of the American Empire,” from Yemen to Co- lombia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Af- ghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa, introducing readers to “imperial grunts” (U.S. Marines and Army troops and the Navy and Air Force personnel who sup- port them) at these forward-deployed locations.