Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fourth grade was the beginning of my lifelong interest in maps. So, when I spied this book on the shelves, I had to buy it.
Tim Marshall, a journalist who has covered thirty countries, uses ten maps to explain why and how nations evolved, how rivers and mountains determined the course of history and why, today, these nations are affected politically by these advantages or disadvantages.
As he states in the introduction, "Broadly speaking, geopolitics looks at the ways in which international affairs can be understood through geographical factors: not just the physical landscape - the natural barriers of mountains or connections of river networks, for example - but also climate, demographics, cultural regions, and access to natural resources."
This is a book to keep and refer to when listening to the news of the day.
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