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All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture. To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months each year then it must have access to a warm water port - hence, the annexation of Crimea was the only option for Putin. To understand the Middle East, it is crucial to know that geography is the reason why countries have logically been shaped as they are - and this is why invented countries (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) will not survive as nation states. Spread over ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.… (lisätietoja)
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Before I try to write a review of this book, I feel it is important to know a little bit about the creator behind it. Tim Marshal is a 60-year-old journalist who specializes in foreign affairs and analysis of political development across the world. He has spent many years of his professional life enjoying a front seat view of the various political drama unfolding across the world. And these amazing insights and experiences are beautifully captured in this book.

Sitting at a humble 256 pages, "Prisoners of Geography" tries to capture the political past, present and a little of the future of the world through the lens of geopolitics. Now, this I believe is the biggest selling point of this book. Usually, writers (I am talking about you "The Invention of Religion") do not leave a scope of dissent when they are trying to prove their point. However, Tim Marshall graciously cites examples of countries driven more by their religion/socio-cultural features than their geography. This very act of showing that his theme of how "geography drives the world" may not be all-encompassing for me is the best trait about this book.

Tim Marshall starts the book with the largest country in World Russia, moving onto China, USA and then a flurry of countries and political unions. He finally ends his piece with the Arctics (a region slowly coming into prominence as the world is descending into a battle for natural resources). Throughout his journey, he maintains an easy to read unbiased narrative peppered with tongue in cheek humour, precious insights and anecdotes about political hypocrisies. The chapters dealing with China and US of A are my personal favourites and his unbiasedness actually shines through in these chapters (especially when he discusses Uighur Muslim crisis and Mr Trump).

Each chapter starts with a short concise peek into the past of the region under discussion, so people who are not aware of that region or are beginners into world politics need not feel intimidated or get deterred.

Each chapter is also isolated in itself and does not heavily depend on its predecessors, so it can be a leisure, sporadic read and need not be finished in a single go. However, people like me who read this book continuously, you will find a seamless connectivity across the chapters which adds to its charm.

I think the final positive about this book is the time period it covers. Tim Marshall has actually covered political events as late as early 2019. This makes this book a fairly updated refresher about world politics (most of the political books I have read usually ends in the 90s). The large timeframe it covers actually helps us get a perspective about events that actually matters, events that drove our world into its present state and events that can decide its course in the future . It also gives us an awakening that events that we think are important may not be as important as we would like to believe.

Now, coming to its faults. There are two things that peeved me while reading this book. The first one (which I think is the valid one) being the absolute absence of Australia and New Zealand. These countries are not even mentioned in this book (Antarctica gets a few lines). I am not sure what am I supposed to understand by it. Does the great barrier reef and its depletion not play any role in world politics? Will Australia and New Zealand get obliterated in the coming future? If so, will that not create its own unique problems? Are they so boring that they do not even deserve a mention? I am very disappointed by the radio silence Tim Marshall maintained about these regions.

The second one is not as much as flaw as my personal disappointment. When Tim Marshall covered India and Pakistan, he somehow painted India with broad strokes. This made me think that maybe he has also simplified a lot of other countries (which me not being its native may not be aware of). Thus, what I am trying to say is do not consider this book a tell-all about the regions that are covered. These regions may have more nuances than what is mentioned in this book and if you are interested in reading about them, you should dig deeper about those books.

All in all, Prisoners of Geography is an amazing book; an amazing gifting option (maybe not to an Australian or a new Zealandia) and an amazing coffee table book option. It covers a lot of topics in its 256 pages and actually is fairly successful in providing a macroscopic view of the world.

Happy Reading!!
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  __echo__ | May 11, 2021 |
At times fascinating, at times this book also felt a bit shallow: if you are covering ten major areas on the world map in less than 300 pages, that's what happens. I was really looking forward to reading this book, but I don't think it quite lived up to my expectations. ( )
  queen_ypolita | Mar 3, 2021 |
Not a book of maps - there really are only ten - but a work on geopolitics. Very informative, but almost devoid of any other subject. There are no political philosophies and very little about the environment which will alter so much in the future. There is no sense of progress or improvement. Perhaps the book reflects a certain cynicism - some would say realism - about the world.
  jgoodwll | Jan 30, 2021 |
An interesting introductory read to Global politics.
I don't agree with the critism given to this book that it's too surface level. This is partly true, but this is 250 page about politics of all regions on the world. (so get over it)
Another critism that this book has received is that it portrays a western point of view on politics. I agree with this, but I feel like it's also the responsibility of the reader to be aware of this problem (this is a problem in all political science, there is no way of avoiding it).
Just a simple introduction to Geopolitics, which is a recommendation for everyone who isn't as knowlegdeable on this subject. ( )
  wendy.reads | Jan 26, 2021 |
Slightly interesting, but mostly just modern geopolitics, and not in fact "everything about the world." I didn't care enough to finish it, and can't remember anything about it a month later. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
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All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture. To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months each year then it must have access to a warm water port - hence, the annexation of Crimea was the only option for Putin. To understand the Middle East, it is crucial to know that geography is the reason why countries have logically been shaped as they are - and this is why invented countries (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) will not survive as nation states. Spread over ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.

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