Prisoners of Geography

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

History , World History
Paperback Published on: 02/06/2016
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Prisoners of Geography
Succinct and insightful
If you're looking for something that takes huge ideas and condenses them down into a highly-readable form, look no further than Tim Marshall. Using the c... READ MORE
Katherine Blagden


A Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for 2016

Seeing geography as a decisive factor in the course of human history can be construed as a bleak view of the world, which is why it is disliked in some intellectual circles. It suggests that nature is more powerful than man, and that we can only go so far in determining our own fate.

Splitting the globe into ten distinct regions, former Sky News Diplomatic Editor Tim Marshall redresses our techno-centric view of the world and suggests that our key political driver continues to be our physical geography. Beginning with Russia (and its bewildering eleven time-zones), we are treated to an illuminating, border-by-border disassembly of what makes the world what it is; why, for instance, China and India will never fall into conflict (the Himalayas), or why the Ukraine is such a tactical jewel in the crown.

With its panoptic view over our circumstance, Prisoners of Geography makes a compelling case around how the physical framework of the world itself has defined our history. It’s one of those books that prompts real reflection and one that on publication absolutely grasped the imagination of our customers, ensuring it as a guaranteed entrant to our 2016 Paperbacks of the Year.

'One of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine: reading it is like having a light shone on your understanding.' - Nicholas Lezard, The Evening Standard

  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
  • ISBN: 9781783962433
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Prisoners of Geography
You will never look at the world map in the same way again!
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall I had never heard of geopolitics until I came across this book. The book was on the Waterstone’s Non-Fictions book ... READ MORE
Charlotte Waters
Prisoners of Geography
A Lightweight Paperback for Students
Back in 2012, Robert D. Kaplan published The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate. Named as one o... READ MORE
Lee Ruddin
Prisoners of Geography
Boundaries are social as well as physical
This accomplished book acts as something of an x ray on the world, past present and future, revealing the fractures: physical, social and cultural that hav... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Prisoners of Geography
Well researched and very entertaining
I love his writing style - it's very engaging. Good for any reader.
Prisoners of Geography
Boundaries are social as well as physical
This accomplished book acts as something of an x ray on the world, past present and future, revealing the fractures: physical, social and cultural that ha... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Prisoners of Geography
The best book I have read in the past year. Extremely interesting, discussing complex issues in a way that makes them completely accessible.
Prisoners of Geography
Geopolitical insights
This books explains a whole lot of geopolitics which I've never grasped before. It puts you in the position of each country and how it sees its surroundin... READ MORE
Kathryn McNicoll
Prisoners of Geography
Absolutely Fascinating
A very accessible read which offers a well developed overview of each region of the world, and inter-refers to them all throughout the book.
Becca Kadwell
Prisoners of Geography
Prisoners of Geography
A great read, with a super analysis and background detail of so many different world events. Lots of maps always helps. Chris Thurman
Christopher Thurman
Prisoners of Geography
Bordering on excellence
Learnt a whole lot about geopolitics and why countries are doing the things they do. Spoilers - every country is a greedy bastard.
Adam at Liverpool
Prisoners of Geography
Definitely worth a read
Fascinating analysis
Jean Macdonald
Prisoners of Geography
a broad but encapsulating overview
Prisoners of geography is an excellent starting point for people of all academic levels, whether you are a global politics enthusiast or simply have a casu... READ MORE
Madison Girdler
Prisoners of Geography
Fantastic book! I bought this book to understand a bit more about the world & how/why different countries interact in the way they do. Not only geography w... READ MORE
Nia ST
Prisoners of Geography
A good read.
Well written and informative.I read this book within a week.
A Mancunian.
Prisoners of Geography
Geography becoming hip?
The term geopolitics is overused often relating just to international politics without any mention of the landscape which can determine relationships betwe... READ MORE
The oaks
Prisoners of Geography
Fantastic read
This is the first book I’ve read of Tim Marshall but needless to say it will not be my last! A fantastic book which both insightful and easy to understand.... READ MORE
Josh Paradise
Prisoners of Geography
Love it!
I am currently half way through reading this book and Wow! I absolutely love all this. Even though it was released in 2016, the book itself is very good at... READ MORE
Daniel McTiernan
Prisoners of Geography
reasonable, insightful but overstated.
I think the insights in this book are useful to those who don't know about it, it is an enjoyable book for a general audience that's well written. However ... READ MORE
Michael Crompton
Prisoners of Geography
A long time history buff - this updates for current politicians motivations
One to read
Richard  James
Prisoners of Geography
An insight into the modern world
A great read and it really opened my mind as to how the world works and why certain political events have occurred! I would highly recommend this book to a... READ MORE
George Haddock