Prisoners of Geography

Prisoners of Geography

eBook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Scribner, 2015.
ISBN: 9781501121487
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 15, 2018

Interesting read, pulls lots of threads together (considering "only" one chapter per continent). Even if/as one might be familiar with world maps, overlaying some geography onto them and highlighting (hindsighting?) how, then, countries borders (or aspirations) took shape quite interesting. I did find the maps confusing (!), unfamiliar with the details of, say, the Indian subcontinent in the "India" Chapter, I found myself reading that chapter with a finger on three other pages at the three relevant maps, as I searched for the city or state or river or mountain range being referenced in the text.

Aug 26, 2018

I learned so, so much from this book! As another person commented, you’d have to read a huge number of articles, history books, and newspapers to get this much information. And it wouldn’t make such a concise picture as this book does. All those names on the news now fall into context. A fabulous book, well-written and so informative! It is well worth the time and has so much information in those 263 pages! Thank you, Mr. Marshall!

Jul 04, 2018

In addition to the positive comments from others, let me add a different slant. This book shows why the Middle East will be mired in perpetual inter-tribal warfare, at least for many generations. It also shows why Latin America will be stuck in mediocrity for many generations. There are some problems in the world that we can't solve in our lifetimes.

Apr 05, 2016

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World --- by --- Tim Marshall.
This well written but very readable book looks at ten areas on the globe and examines why and how they were virtually geographically pre-destined to become global flash-points. Russia, China, the Middle East. They’re among the players. And so, amazingly enough for most Canadians, is the Arctic. This book is an excellent backgrounder for understanding the issues that play out on news-casts everywhere.

Nov 17, 2015

[If you want a first-rate education, read this book, and if you want an incredible education, read this book and this article:,_maintaining_american_supremacy_in_the_twenty-first_century/ ]
Wow! The amount of geopolitical and sociopolitical analyses and cogent thought in this book is incredible - - the reader would have to read the most astute columnists in 500 to over 1,000 international newspapers and journals to get anywhere close to this author - - a journalist, but really a tremendous historian, since the term // journalist \\ can hardly be applicable to such professionalism and reality-based scholarship.
You will not be disappointed!


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