Prisoners Of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About The World
  • Prisoners Of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About The World
  • Prisoners Of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About The World
ISBN: 1501121472
EAN13: 9781501121470
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 11, 2016
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

In this New York Times bestseller, 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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   Best read on paper rather than Kindle
This book gave me a new way to look at some regions that I thought I understood, and it also gave me an insight into other regions. Marshall makes a compelling case that an appreciation of physical geography is important to a country's wealth and motivation for war and peace. I never thought about how the lack of natural harbors in South America has affected its development. I bought the hardback so that I could flip to the maps as I read the chapters, and I started the book on my e-reader. I think I will pick it up again.
 
5
   If you like history, geography
This book is for people who like history, geography, or politics. 10 amazing stories are delivered in a well researched book.
 
5
   Read this book then you will know everything
This is a great book that is very important in today's world and should be purchased now.
 
3
   Good, but off topic.
I was looking for a geography book. There is too much politics without geography. Russia is the best chapter. I don't think there's enough history for me.
 
5
   Well written and consistently interesting.
Well written and interesting. The book should be read with a good world atlas or a laptop or tablets in hand.
 
2
   More pretentious than informative. Brief to the point of being harmful
The concept of the book was very appealing to me. Each section is so short that it does a disservice to the region. I don't expect much in the way of depth in this book, but some more would be helpful. Key details were missing from the maps. Population density should be included instead of just rivers and mountains. I was surprised that he did not mention how geography influences diseases.
 
4
   Interesting and easy to read
The book was interesting and easy to read, but I found that a lot of the conclusions were not innovative. I think this would be a great read for someone with very little knowledge about historical geography or human geography, but if you have some exposure, some of the sections are easy to skim. The information is easy to digest and I enjoyed the writing style. Would definitely recommend!
 
1
   Should be called Prisoners of Politics
I like learning about how geography shaped the world. The premise of this book was interesting, but the author spent a lot of time talking about current political states, wars, and alliances of some of the largest powers. Australia is not the largest country. The author claims that Mexico poses no territorial threat to the United States because it feeds its northern neighbor's appetite for illegal labor and drugs. The kind of teachings I was looking for from a book about geography were not really what I was looking for. I couldn't finish the book.
 
5
   The geo-political and geo-economic and geo-militaristic ways to view world events
I really liked the book. It simplified the thinking of people in different countries when geography is calculated into a decision to act.
 
5
   So Important!
This book is a winner and I am still reading it. It took me a long time to realize that I needed the knowledge of geography. I am very happy I found this book.
 
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