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  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Prisoners of Geography

By: Tim Marshall
Narrated by: Ric Jerom
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All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters (covering Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan, Europe, Japan and Korea, and the Arctic), using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history. It's time to put the 'geo' back into geopolitics.

©2016 Tim Marshall (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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  • Dan
  • 11-02-2021

Update?

This was a great listen but I’m 4 years or so late! Any chance of an update?
Very interesting 👍

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  • Vik
  • 22-03-2020

Contains some cliches but a good book

This book has some old cliches about some countries and ignores some of the smaller countries which have defied geography however this book does give a decent perspective for lots of countries.
Good listen.

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  • 07-02-2024

Fascinating account of the impact of geography on the development of nations

Unfortunately this account is out of date now but a lot of his concerns have come to pass. Regardless, it explains the growth and history of nations according to their geography and how humans have embraced or disregarded what nature created long before their advent on this planet. I look forward to reading his next book.

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An important and timely read

Excellent, text and pitch perfect narration. very insightful with regard to the times we are currently living in

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A must read

A concise and impartial geographical history. I found this a truly enlightening history - also catch his follow up books.

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Deep insights beyond expectations

Very surprised to hear the story of the evolutionary process of religion, place, politics and culture all working against the people of the world. Amazingly insightful.

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Entertainingly narrated and informative

Complex topics, a very interesting world view, important! Will be listening again to pick up more a second time!

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Wonderfully descriptive

Great book, well written and easy to follow. Very descriptive of the current times and geographies influence on politics

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Great geopolitical explanation

Well presented geopolitical commentary on 21st century politics and contemporary foreign policy fashioned from accurate historical events.

Well narrated…!

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love it

awesome reading, looking forward to the next!
really appreciate the effort gone into it, excellent!!

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