The Future of Geography: How Power and Politics in Space Will Change Our World
By: Tim Marshall
Space: the biggest geopolitical story of the coming century – new from the multi-million-copy international bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography
Spy satellites orbiting the Moon. Space metals worth billions. Humans on Mars within our lifetimes.
This isn’t science fiction. It’s astropolitics.
We’re entering a new space race – and it could revolutionise life on Earth.
Space: the new frontier, a wild and lawless place. It is already central to communication, economics, military strategy and international relations on Earth. Now, it is the latest arena for human exploration, exploitation – and, possibly, conquest. We’re heading up and out, and we’re taking our power struggles with us. China, the USA and Russia are leading the way.
From physical territory and resources to satellites, weaponry and strategic choke points, geopolitics is as important in the skies above us as it is down below. If you’ve ever wondered if humans are going back to the Moon, who will benefit from exploration or what space wars might look like, the answers are here.
With all the insight and wit that have made Tim Marshall the UK’s most popular writer on geopolitics, this gripping book shows how we got here and where we’re going, covering great-power rivalry; technology; commerce; combat in space; and what it means for all of us down here on Earth. This is essential reading on power, politics and the future of humanity.
Praise for The Power of Geography:
‘Fascinating . . . I can’t imagine reading a better book this year.’ Daily Mirror
‘Another outstanding guide to the modern world. Marshall is a master at explaining what you need to know and why.’ Peter Frankopan
And Prisoners of Geography:
‘Like having a light shone on your understanding… I can’t think of another book that explains the world situation so well.’ Nicolas Lezard, Evening Standard
‘Sharp insights into the way geography shapes the choices of world leaders.’ Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
‘An urgent and accessible study of the forces shaping our future on earth and beyond.’
- Ed Husain, author of The House of Islam
‘A skilful navigation of the regions that could define geopolitics for future generations. One to read to stay ahead of the game.’
- Dharshini David, author of The Almighty Dollar
‘A compelling account of the return of geopolitics by the master of maps.’
- Professor Brendan Simms, author of Britain’s Europe
‘An insight into what will shape the world . . . clear writing in complex times.’
- Eamonn Holmes
‘Marshall’s books are excellent for anyone who takes satisfaction in understanding the world and who harbours a fascination for the shifting alliances…. Each segment of The Power of Geography is accessible, although by no means simple. Marshall covers much ground, moving smoothly through each nation’s background, current struggles and options for the future….A sharp and concise evaluations of today’s geopolitics.’
- Geographical Magazine