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

Written by:
Tim Marshall
Narrated by:
Scott Brick

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
152
Narrator
42
Release Date
October 2016
Duration
8 hours 55 minutes
Summary
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.
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A J L.

Best subject matter ever. Put in an easy understood way.

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Pavithra M.

Impact of geography on a country's/ continent's economic growth is discussed through out the book. Scott Brick's narration was brilliant.

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Michael K.

Very informative, a pleasurable and easy listen!

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Timothy G.

Excellent high elevation (pun intended) view of geopolitics.

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John F.

Great book. Explains why certain geographical regions are always going to be controversial. Great overview of geographic history.

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David R.

As we have come to expect from northern hemisphere commentators Africa has been given superficial attention. The number of factual inaccuracies make we wonder about the veracity of the coverage of other regions.

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Anonymous

A broad range of issues covered deeply. very thoughtful

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Anonymous

A fantastic book for anyone who wants to understand the ways in which nations interact with one another and why. This book is as relevant today as it was when it was written.

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Luis M.

Great book!!!!

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Anonymous

top book very informative

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Dennis I.

Very informative and educational

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Christopher Z.

Great book. It would have been nice to have a map/maps or the globe by me as I listened. As always Scott Brick is awesome.

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Janna D.

The book gave a rare explanation about obvious but not necessarily known facts of human civilization. It was very educational and mind clearing. Great " read_ Thanks Y'all.

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Brad B.

one of the most intriguing books ever.

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Celestecnorman

There is a lot of content but it is easy to listen to. Fascinating and insightful learning for an increasingly globalised world.

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Alison E.

Excellent book.

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Tj T.

It is a great book that explains many aspects of geopolitical situation. It was an eye opener for me, and I do recommend it for listening. Author has a nice voice with very clear English, which for me as non-native speaker was very critical.

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Anonymous

great book and easy to listen to

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Frank C

An interesting perspective

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