Book cover of The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's Greatest Humanitarian by Robert D. Kaplanby Robert D. Kaplan

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography comes a sweeping yet intimate story of the most influential humanitarian you’ve never heard of—Bob Gersony, who spent four decades in crisis zones around the world.

“One of the best accounts examining American humanitarian pursuits over the past fifty years . . . With still greater challenges on the horizon, we will need to find and empower more people like Bob Gersony—both idealistic and pragmatic—who can help make the world a more secure place.”—The Washington Post

In his long career as an acclaimed journalist covering the “hot” moments of the Cold War and its aftermath, bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan often found himself crossing paths with Bob Gersony, a consultant for the U.S. State Department whose quiet dedication and consequential work made a deep impression on Kaplan.

Interview with the Author

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Episode 15: Robert D. Kaplan on Humanitarian Bob Gersony
2/12/21              34 min


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The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government’s Greatest Humanitarian, with Robert D. Kaplan
2/10/21          58 min


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