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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

Tim Marshall's global bestseller Prisoners of Geography showed how every nation’s choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Since then, the geography hasn’t changed. But the world has.

In this revelatory new book, Marshall explores 10 regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry: Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Greece, Turkey, the Sahel, Ethiopia, Spain and Space. Find out why Europe’s next refugee crisis is closer than it thinks as trouble brews in the Sahel, why the Middle East must look beyond oil and sand to secure its future, why the eastern Mediterranean is one of the most volatile flashpoints of the 21st century and why the Earth’s atmosphere is set to become the world’s next battleground.

Delivered with Marshall’s trademark wit and insight, this is a lucid and gripping exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present – and future.

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PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Tim Marshall (P)2021 Elliott & Thompson Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Another outstanding guide to the modern world. Marshall is a master at explaining what you need to know and why." (Peter Frankopan)

"I can't imagine reading a better book this year." (Daily Mirror)

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Not about geography

More of a 101 history book then a book about geography. Learn more from reading Wikipedia article. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-2021

As interesting as his last book and the perfect entry

Especially for these covid days into the key information that many of us miss in getting the context of both today’s but more importantly tomorrow’s news stories

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  • Robert S. Johnson
  • 27-04-2021

Very disappointed

I bought Prisoners of Geography both the physical and audio book version because I was so impressed with the writing of Tim Marshall. When his new audio book was released only days ago I rushed to buy, what an utter disappointment. In his previous work he was fastidious in his research and greatly challenged my thinking for the better. However in this his most recent work he has gone down the road of so many recent academics and replaced vigorous scrunity with WOKE, WOKE and more WOKE, another example of many of late in academic cowardlce or group think. Others have given this a five star rating, they must be friends, family, sicophnats or fools. I have now returned this title and could write so much more but what's the point.

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  • F
  • 28-04-2021

Much enjoyed sequel

Immensely entertaining and informative book detailing how politics is shaped by geography. Following on from his previous ‘Prisoners of Geography’ this book focuses on mid-sized countries such as Australia, Iran and the UK. I found the chapter on Saudi Arabia really brings home the importance of geography (and climate), how it has shaped the country and how it will do so in the future. I enjoyed the chapter on space which really brings the story to a logical conclusion.
This time the book is narrator by the author, whose clear reading accentuates and brings it to life, which I much preferred to the narrator of the previous book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2021

Enlightening stuff

its enlightening, in the same way that shinning a torch into the dark corners of the kitchen cupboards reveals stuff that you've happily ignored for a while.

Its a brilliant book but sobering to realise how little I still know about geography, history, economics and demographics and the subsequent politics.

it's a great to be reminded how the forces that shape our world a anchord by factors othe than just money.



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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-05-2021

Great read.

This was very interesting. Learned a huge amount about history of various parts of the world, as well as geography and politics.

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  • Nick Shoubridge
  • 03-05-2021

Fascinating take on the Modern World

If you are interested in the modern world and politics you must read this book!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-2021

Interesting

Good histories of each nation/region, also had some predictions of future geo-political risk type play

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  • Mike
  • 21-06-2021

Forgetable

well written and performed and it is certainly an interesting topoc but it doesn't really add kuch new to the topoc or even to his previous book. Struxture aro7nd nations rather tyan themes also resuots in a lot of repetition which is a shame as a them based narrative would have alllowed more depth in the same time. finally the last chapter is worthless. it is presented as a continuation of the topoc but really its something totally new, like reading a book on fish and findong the last paragraph is a cursery look at the future of traffic calming measures...weird

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  • Desi
  • 12-06-2021

Illuminating

It was a pleasure to listen to this book. I have since puchased a physical copy too. Tim Marshall has selected several countries/regions and discusses in depth their history, present affairs and future prospects.

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  • Adnan
  • 09-06-2021

Not as good as the first one

I'm a bit disappointed as I think the author is biased towards western culture and western ideas. There were some good chapters especially on Spain and Space, but in general it lacks neutrality

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  • Serena
  • 07-06-2021

Narrator needs a drink

Great and informative book, however this guy makes loads of weird mouthy noises between sentences and it's putting me right off. Ever heard of a noise gate?

*this is my 2nd edit, I'm 2/3rds through the book and honestly the audio production is so off putting, it's full of huge breaths and saliva noises, it's such a shame because I reckon I'd have really enjoyed this book otherwise.

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