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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

Written by Tim Marshall

Narrated by Scott Brick


Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

Written by Tim Marshall

Narrated by Scott Brick

ratings:
4.5/5 (498 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Oct 19, 2016
ISBN:
9781518936722
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Audiobook

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Editor's Note

A satellite view…

When we think about who and what shapes political policy, we rarely think about all the ways in which geography plays one of the biggest roles. A deft and concise explanation of geopolitics that will give you a satellite view of world order.

Description

In this New York Times bestseller, updated for 2016, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question.

All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In “one of the best books about geopolitics” (The Evening Standard), now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.

Offering “a fresh way of looking at maps” (The New York Times Book Review), Marshall explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China’s power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical. “In an ever more complex, chaotic, and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geopolitics” (Newsweek) and a critical guide to one of the major determining factors in world affairs.

Released:
Oct 19, 2016
ISBN:
9781518936722
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs with more than thirty years of reporting experience. He was diplomatic editor at Sky News and before that worked for the BBC and LBC/IRN radio. He has reported from forty countries and covered conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. He is the author of Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World; The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World; and A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of National Symbols. He is founder and editor of the current affairs site TheWhatandtheWhy.com.


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  • (5/5)
    I was impressed how much information was packed into this deceptively short book. While it isn't highly technical, it is detailed enough to still be interesting no matter what level of knowledge the reader brings. Using ten maps (Russia, China, United States, Western Europe, Africa, The Middle East, India and Pakistan, Korea and Japan, Latin America, and The Arctic) Tim Marshall explains clearly and concisely the basics of how geography defines the limits of power and influences political strategy. This probably should be a required read for pretty much everyone. It's well written, accessible, and at our house, led to more research on side topics like The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
  • (4/5)
    This book's title keeps its promises, showing how physical geography shapes and constrains geopolitics. The subtitle, however, does not: the maps are distinctly disappointing, and don't illustrate the (excellent) premises of the text nearly as well as they ought to do. This doesn't spoil the book, which is an excellent geographic/historical/current events review of key points of conflict in our world. I learned a lot from it, and it made some things very clear, like why Russia can't tolerate a NATO-leaning Ukraine. It would have been a five star book for me had the maps measured up to the rest of it.
  • (4/5)
    Better than his flag book. There were a few things it made me think about that I'd not previously, not necessarily things I'd not have been able to conclude, but sometimes one needs prompting.
  • (4/5)
    Read Atlantic article based on book regarding Russia - interesting.
  • (5/5)
    Well researched and clearly presented. This is a book that will make just about anyone smarter about the world we live in. Highly recommend.
  • (4/5)
    Joy's review: This is an excellent overview of the impact of geography on nations, politics, and the world as we know it today. Light on scholarship, but solid on insight and explanation into events and situations that are shaping today's world. If you want a better understanding of current events around the world, this is a great place to start.
  • (3/5)
    A useful, brisk, engaging primer on geopolitics, especially if you (like me) are not a foreign policy expert.
  • (5/5)
    It would have better to have detailed maps, but still was really informative, I'll read it again.
  • (5/5)
    Provides an excellent summation and background for understanding today’s geo-politics.
  • (5/5)
    The book contained a lot of interesting stuff
  • (5/5)
    Fascinating book, although I’m not so crazy about the narrator.
  • (5/5)
    entertaining, educational and steeped in history, taught me a lot about the continents and regions of the world and their key countries and conflicts, 100 percent recommended and a must listen again for me in 30/60 days
  • (5/5)
    This books give the reader the crash course on international affairs and geopolitics.
  • (5/5)
    Stellar book! A must read! A breathtaking walk across the planet to each of the prominent regions and a deep dive into the geographies and the physical advantages and challenges of each and how it shaped the subsequent histories and the current state. Opened my eyes into some of the hot spots in the world and the underlying issues different from what the hype machine has fed us all along. This is a book I will keep going back to!!!
  • (4/5)
    Very Insightful, good overview of the geographical limitations countries.
  • (5/5)
    Great geopolitical book for the curious mind and the seasoned expert.
  • (3/5)
    Too much politics, too little geography. OK primer on the subject.
  • (5/5)
    I found it Very very enlightening . I Would definitely recommend it.
  • (5/5)
    Though the information was though a western perspective, this was a very informative book
  • (5/5)
    An excellent book that I would recommend to those interested in the history of the different cultures that occupy the entire globe and the conflicts that separates them.
  • (1/5)
    False information about Ukraine's history. (russian centered point of view) do not recommend this one.
  • (5/5)
    This book should be mandatory. The narrator was also brilliant.
  • (5/5)
    This book is an eye opener and it resolved some puzzle abiut the interferences of the developed worlds in under developing and under-developed worlds. A must read for anyone who wnts to understand world politics.
  • (5/5)
    I hesitated to listen to this audiobook because I thought that I might not get it without seeing the visual maps, instead I tore through it. Fascinating and a great concept. It’s still relevant even though so much has happened in the last 6 years since the update
  • (5/5)
    Well written explanation of some geographic features that have caused political conflict. Makes some conflicts and difficulties with border setting in terms of the geography not political decision
  • (4/5)
    The substance of the book was great and I highly recommend it. However, the narrator definitely isn't my first choice he's very soft spoken that he can put you to sleep if you're not caffeinated while listening to the audiobook.
  • (5/5)
    Insightful and apolitical explanation of the current world that makes sense
  • (5/5)
    Great book from 2015. Outlines a lot of trends continuing up to today.
  • (3/5)
    Difficult to cover a topic actors do many geographies and through history. But a fun listen to the span of places. The lens of analysis is often a little too traditional of countries trying to invade and take over/defeat to conquer. The audio book does have some funny moments like when people of Sindh in Pakistan are called the Sindh’s instead of Sindhis.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best book I have ever read. A great story and narrative