In Europe's Shadow -Monday, March 7, 2016
Like many travelers, journalist Robert Kaplan was first inspired to journey to Romania because of a book. In 1981, he served a year in the Israel Defense Forces and as his commitment drew to an end, he wondered what to do next. Serendipity intervened when he grabbed a copy of The Governments of Communist East Europe by H. Gordon Skilling off a dusty bookshelf. After absorbing the book, he decided to fly to Romania as soon as possible. “That book made me a foreign correspondent,” he reflects, “even though no one had hired me.” Kaplan credits that first trip with giving his life a direction that never altered.