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UnavailableThe Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World - The Much-Anticipated Sequel to the Global Bestseller Prisoners of Geography
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The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World - The Much-Anticipated Sequel to the Global Bestseller Prisoners of Geography

Written by Tim Marshall

Narrated by Tim Marshall


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The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World - The Much-Anticipated Sequel to the Global Bestseller Prisoners of Geography

Written by Tim Marshall

Narrated by Tim Marshall

ratings:
5/5 (11 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Apr 22, 2021
ISBN:
9781783966011
Format:
Audiobook

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*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*

'I can't imagine reading a better book this year’ Daily Mirror

Tim Marshall's global bestseller Prisoners of Geography showed how every nation’s choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Since then, the geography hasn’t changed. But the world has.


In this revelatory new book, Marshall explores ten regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry: Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Greece, Turkey, the Sahel, Ethiopia, Spain and Space. Find out why Europe’s next refugee crisis is closer than it thinks as trouble brews in the Sahel; why the Middle East must look beyond oil and sand to secure its future; why the eastern Mediterranean is one of the most volatile flashpoints of the twenty-first century; and why the Earth’s atmosphere is set to become the world’s next battleground.

Delivered with Marshall’s trademark wit and insight, this is a lucid and gripping exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present – and future.

‘Another outstanding guide to the modern world. Marshall is a master at explaining what you need to know and why.’ Peter Frankopan
 
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Includes pdf with maps.
Released:
Apr 22, 2021
ISBN:
9781783966011
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign a­ffairs with more than twenty-five years of reporting experience. He was diplomatic editor at Sky News, and before that was working 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 the Sunday Times bestseller Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics; “Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” and Other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain’s Football Chants; and Shadowplay: The Overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic (a bestseller in former Yugoslavia). He has written for­ The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent and Daily Telegraph, and his blog Foreign Matters was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2010. He is founder and editor of the current a­ffairs site TheWhatandtheWhy.com.


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  • (5/5)
    Another great Tim Marshall book. Fun and very informative. I always enjoy the author reading his words.
  • (5/5)
    Proper book to read after Prisoners of Geography. You shall see countries in other light.

    The world is undergoing rapid change as we enter a new era of complex power rivalry. And, in The Power Of Geography, a sequel to the word-of-mouth bestseller Prisoners Of Geography, Tim Marshall looks at 10 key world regions and considers how they are likely to shape our futures. In his expert hands, it makes for fascinating reading.

    The journey begins in Australia, increasingly taking centre stage because it sits below the world’s most economically and militarily powerful dictatorship – China.

    So Australia finds itself adjacent to the economic powerhouse of the 21st century and keen to play a bigger role on the global stage. The big question is who they will choose to play with.

    The Australians also face the challenge of climate change and the risk of large-scale population shifts. Marshall explores the fascinating possibility of governments being forced to build new major cities on more hospitable territory.

    He goes on to consider The Sahel, a region below the Sahara, which has seen an estimated 3.8million people displaced in recent years, many seeking to reach Europe, and that number is only set to climb.

    On to Ethiopia which, with 12 large lakes and nine major rivers, is empowered by water. Its neighbours are reliant
    on its supplies, creating a region where future ‘water wars’ are likely.

    Then there is Saudi Arabia, where oil is running out, and post-Brexit United Kingdom, which remains a powerful and influential nation.

    London is still a dominant global financial powerhouse and the UK also has an astonishing output of culture, both of which earn immense sums for UK plc. It is also seeking new alliances but fears the economic and military consequences of an ­independent Scotland.

    As well as assessing other key battlegrounds in Greece, Turkey, Iran and Spain, perhaps the most intriguing chapter considers the possibilities beyond our world.

    As the space race gathers pace, and great powers including the US, Russia and China integrate space warfare into their military budgets, it is increasingly likely to become another source of geopolitical tension.

    And throughout this accomplished book, the reader is frequently reminded that a new empire is relentlessly extending its sinister reach – the superpower that is China, exploiting every opportunity to gain power and undermine its rival, the US.

    This subplot ­underpins a ­wonderfully ­entertaining and lucid account, written with wit, pace and clarity.

    I can’t imagine reading a better book this year