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Prisoners of Geography

Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
Written by: Tim Marshall
Narrated by: Ric Jerom
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Fascinating

Gives an eye opening awareness about the geographical reasons behind political events..captivating and very engrossing.

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Opens up mind to why things happen in the world

I really loved the book as I went through chapters .
I came to know that what is wrong with all the countries all over the world initially I was thinking that there are issues with India and Pakistan but later on I came to know that they had been issues with smaller countries like Paraguay Venezuela and countries of southeast Asia like Japan China Russia Vietnam a great book to read and know what has happened in the history and geography mould this country.

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A brilliant summary of global geopolitics

Loved the book. It's for people who aren't immersed but deeply interested in geopoltics. Only problem was that audible has grouped the last 5 chapters into 1. Making it difficult to find interesting bits individually again.

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  • Unique Pseudonym
  • 25-07-17

Step back and look at politics through a new lens

I have a feeling this will be a book I listen to again at least once. It offers physical geography as a lens through which to understand many aspects of both historical and modern world affairs and makes a pretty convincing case. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Russia and China which offered far more balanced stories than I often read.

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  • Kirstine
  • 12-02-18

An interesting and thought-provoking approach

I had wondered if a book based on maps might be unsuitable as an audio book, however, the author guides one to imagine the geography being described. I had realized that some events in history were shaped by geography, but not how all pervasive the influence of mountains, rivers, deserts and seas are on history as well as the legacy of colonialism creating artificial countries without regard to topography, racial groups and religious differences. When it’s pointed out it seems obvious.

I enjoyed the book but was left feeling down-hearted about the future of the planet owing to over-population and climate change combining with the geography of the countries that will be most affected. There certainly seems to be potential for yet more conflicts between countries competing over diminishing resources and vying for influence in the world.

The narrator is excellent.

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  • practicalshopper
  • 20-10-17

interesting

interesting take on global politics. Great for someone like myself who have buried their heads in the sand and ignored politics for several years

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  • cmj123
  • 15-08-17

Deeply fascinating and enlightening

This book opened my mind to a totally new description of the world, her geography and her politics. It challenged my current perception of humanity, power and resources. The narration of the book was excellent. Love to read more on geopolitics.

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  • michael lindsay
  • 22-08-17

Insightful

Fantastic. Really helps to understand the conflicts of the world and to give some 'alternative' understanding to the conspiracy theories. From religion, geography, ethnicity and mistrust bringing together our history and most likely our future.

Isn't it a shame we can't just share :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-17

Very informative

Interesting and well read. It is also updated to current times. Sometimes a little too much detail but overall worth listening to.

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  • Olly Buxton
  • 01-06-17

Fascinating

Eye - opening view of the history of the world from the perspective of geography. Timely in the digital age.

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  • Stop the lights
  • 02-06-17

good recap on what most of us already know.

Some good facts and figures thrown in too.

The narrator keeps things moving along nicely.

Not too sure about the Russian accent though. . . .

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  • Mr Martin U Jones
  • 08-04-17

Just enthralling, beginning to end!

I listened to the whole thing in a 48 hour time frame. It was fascinating!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-19

good generally, but very euro-centric

Found the overall idea of general geopolitics as a way to explain the world writ large quite refreshing.

My biggest complaint is the lazy coverage of Africa, especially SSA, and the euro-centric assumptions of what technological advancement is, as well as what ails the continent of the African people - very clearly only the bare amount of research about diseases and tribal fragmentation was conducted, and yet a lot more research went into countries like China and the USA. For example, little attention was given to how the ex colonial masters continue to deliberately wreak havoc in Africa so they can take advantage of its large amount of raw precious minerals and other materials, and the problem was rather a surface level "black African politicians are bad" sticker.

It should be recognised that Western revisionist colonial history is not consistent with actual African history, and that there was a deep and rich cultural and technological history pre and post colonialism. The deep and disturbing nature of Western slaughter, pillaging, raping and conquering/enslavement of half the planet should not be simply glossed over as a price of war - this should be recognised as the unremorseful, disgusting series of acts that it was, geopolitics or not.

I would also advise that the final chapter (6, I believe) of the Middle East and South America and a few other areas, be separated out into a few different ~1 hour chapters in this audiobook so it is consistent with the rest of the book, rather than a solid 5 hour chapter.

Didn't seem to get much information about the geopolitical nature of nations like Australia or Canada as well.

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