Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
'A fresh and original insight into the geopolitics behind today’s foreign policy challenges’ — Andrew Neil
All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements – but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.
If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here.
In ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.
It’s time to put the ‘geo’ back into geopolitics.
‘Crisply written and brilliantly argued’ — Dame Ann Leslie
‘An essential and detailed reflection of the geopolitical dynamics that exist globally’ — Dr Sajjan M. Gohel
'Quite simply, one of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine: reading it is like having a light shone on your understanding…. Marshall is clear-headed, lucid and possessed of an almost uncanny ability to make the broad picture accessible and coherent … the book is, in a way which astonished me, given the complexities of the subject, unputdownable…. I can’t think of another book that explains the world situation so well.' – Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard
'Compels a fresh way of looking at maps – not just as objects for orientation or works of art, but as guideposts to the often thorny relations between nations' -- The New York Times
'A very good idea, very well executed -- and (perhaps as one expected) very entertainingly written' - Professor Anthony Glees, Director, Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS), The University of Buckingham
'Shows the ways geography shapes not just history but human destiny… In an ever more complex, chaotic and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geo-politics. Marshall is not afraid to ask tough questions and provide sharp answers.' – Adam LeBor, Newsweek
'Marshall’s latest book explains how politics is nothing without geography, in his crisp and compelling style ... What he really excels at is capturing the psychology of nations and giving maps a power that politicians must tame.' - Top Ten Holiday Reads – Dan Lewis, Stanfords, WorldTravelGuide.net
'Difficult to put down… Marshall succeeds in making lucid a complex topic.' – Chris Tilbury, Prospect
'A timely reminder of the importance of geopolitics … A good bluffer’s guide for the members of the newly elected Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committees' - Keith Simpson MP, summer reading list recommendations
'A reminder of the salience of geography in international affairs…. Ideologies may come and go but, says Marshall, who served a long stint as diplomatic editor of Britain’s Sky News, such geopolitical facts of life endure.'– Daniel Dombey, Financial Times
'There are few foreign correspondents in the current British media who can present an overview of a political situation quite like Tim Marshall. The former Diplomatic Editor at Sky News, he has a long and impressive CV in foreign journalism covering conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Israel and in his new book, Prisoners of Geography he presents this knowledge and experience quite brilliantly.' - Retroculturati
'An introduction to geopolitics and geo-strategy … worth reading as a commentary on the subject' - Army Rumour Service review
'Sharp insights into the way geography shapes the choices of world leaders.' - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
'Remarkable and stimulating … an eye opener in every sense. I now understand in ways that I never did before how much impact physical geography has on political reality. Within these pages you will find a heady mixture of accurate analysis and almost poetic description. … If you are worried about the dumbing down of news but want to find out for yourself what lies behind the international headlines, this book would be a great place to start.' — Richard Littledale, blogger
'An exceptional work, well-researched, argued and documented … a treasure of information to satisfy the specialist researcher into contemporary geopolitics and offers a riveting insight to the general reader or student…. It is all covered in this magnificent book, which I highly recommend.' — Nehad Ismail, writer and broadcaster
'What Tim Marshall gives the reader is an excellent lesson and reminders that geography influences political decisions, strategic decisions of governments and the attitudes of the people ... Buy this book, borrow this book and give this book it is too important to remain on the shelves getting dusty.' - Atticusfinch1048
'a timely reminder that despite technological advances, geography is always there, often forcing the hand of world leaders.' - Mark Cooper-Jones, Geographical
“Very useful … a highly accessible introduction to the geopolitics of every region on Earth. Considering that there are so many 'popular economics' and 'popular history' books out there, it's good to see a 'popular geography' or 'popular geopolitics' book” – BMIResearch.com
Further to this, Tim Marshall has made a number of exciting media appearances:
BBC1 Sunday Politics on the 28th June. Watch him provide a context for the recent terrorist attacks and for his comments on Greece.
BBC 2 Daily Politics on the 6th July. See the interview here.
BBC Radio Scotland’s John Beattie programme on 29th June – listen here from 00.12.15.
BBC Scotland – Scotland 2015 on the 2nd July. Watch this for Tim's take on current events.
Monocle Radio – Midori House on the 30th June. Listen for an analysis of global issues.
LBC radio on 26th June, discussing the attacks in Tunisia.
STV – Scotland Tonight on the 29th June.