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  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, World
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 this audiobook, 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.

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.

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Critic Reviews

"In an ever more complex, chaotic, and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geopolitics." ( Newsweek)

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Brilliant book, which strikes a great balance between summary and detail, dissects why the world is the way it is. Thoroughly recommended

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A surprisingly gripping history of the world

Wonderfully conveyed by writer and narrator. A refreshing lens through which to view global politics.

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  • Mikect73
  • 26-01-2017

Brilliantly written

very insightful, well written text. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book.

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  • James
  • 01-03-2017

Excellent book.

Anyone looking for a geopolitical analysis of the world and its geographical limitations can find no better introduction than this title. Still as topical and relevant as it was when first published in 2015. Brilliant.

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  • Moh
  • 13-02-2017

A must listen to anyone interested in geopolitics

Great book. well researched and eloquent theories on how geography shapes the destiny of nations.

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  • M. Griffiths
  • 02-07-2017

Fundamental geopolitics

For the lay reader like me, this is a great introduction to geopolitics. It is entertaining throughout and my only reservation is that I wish it had been longer.

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  • Pete
  • 06-06-2017

Engrossing

A subject I have flicked over in the past, but this book really wet my appetite. Insightful and eyeopening. I can't say I entirely agree with all of the arguments but this book certainly opens the debate; a need for more information and further reading, it has certainly rekindled my interest.

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  • D. Norris
  • 21-03-2017

Great geo-political-historical insight

Loved the content and learnt a lot about the forces on politics and history but really struggled with the voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2017

Outstanding!

Would you consider the audio edition of Prisoners of Geography to be better than the print version?
Don't know as I haven't read the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prisoners of Geography?
Opening my eyes as to how geography plays such a part in world affairs.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?
What a brilliant narrator - I certainly look forward to listening to more from him.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I wouldn't make a film - the book tells all you need to know.

Any additional comments?
Can't praise this highly enough.

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