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

Category: Book
By (author): Marshall, Tim
Subject:  HISTORY / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Geopolitics
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
Publisher: Scribner
Published: October 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"Quite simply, one of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine: reading it is like having a light shone on your understanding."
Review Quote*"In an ever more complex,chaotic and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geo-politics."
Review Quote*"Marshall is excellent on some of the highways and byways of geopolitics."
Review Quote*"This is not a book about environmental determinism- the geography of aregion is never presented as fatalistic; but it does send a timely reminderthat despite technological advances, geography is always there, often forcingthe hand of world leaders."
Review Quote*"Fans of geography, history and politics (and maps) will be enthralled."
Review Quote*"Lively and perceptive political and historical analyses are frequent. The chapter on China is excellent; the chapter on Africa combines geography and history in a convincing way; the chapter on Western Europe...is a brilliant narrative of European relations,particularly between France and Germany. The superb chapter on the Middle East makes for a clear indictment of the Sykes–Picot agreements and of their tracing of artificial borders. The chapter on the Arctic is precise and informative ...A very lively, sensible and informative series of country reports in which geography occupies its rightful place along with shrewd historical reminders and political judgments."
Review Quote*"Marshall's insistence on seeing the world through the lens of geography compels a fresh way of looking at maps-not just as objects for orientation or works of art, but as guideposts to the often thorny relations between nations."
Review Quote*"This book is especially timely...Landscapes, rugged or otherwise, and what the land holds in resources, exert their own kind of sway that no one, not even a Putin, can surmount. This book grabbed me because of its enormous relevance to our world today."
Review Quote*"A convincing analysis of Russian geopoliticalthinking....Also makes clear the terrible price the world has had to paybecause European officials decided to create nation-states with borders thatcompletely ignored cultural geography."