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Divided

Why We're Living in an Age of Walls
Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
4.5 out of 5 stars (310 ratings)

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New from the number-one Sunday Times best-selling author of Prisoners of Geography

We feel more divided than ever. This riveting analysis tells you why. Walls are going up. Nationalism and identity politics are on the rise once more. Thousands of miles of fences and barriers have been erected in the past 10 years, and they are redefining our political landscape. 

There are many reasons why we erect walls, because we are divided in many ways: wealth, race, religion, politics. In Europe the ruptures of the past decade threaten not only European unity but, in some countries, liberal democracy itself. In China, the Party's need to contain the divisions wrought by capitalism will define the nation's future. In the USA the rationale for the Mexican border wall taps in to the fear that the USA will no longer be a white majority country in the course of this century. 

Understanding what has divided us, past and present, is essential to understanding much of what's going on in the world today. Covering China; the USA; Israel and Palestine; the Middle East; the Indian Subcontinent; Africa; and Europe and the UK, best-selling author Tim Marshall presents a gripping and unflinching analysis of the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come. 

©2018 Tim Marshall (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Good book undermined by obtrusive narration

I like Tim Marshall’s work and this book is no exception. An excellent tour through modern geopolitics that deals with pressing issues. Ric Jerrom’s tiresome narration has already undermined one audible purchase this year, and he almost makes a mess of this one too. Too many unnecessary accents, odd emphases. When I heard his voice on the book my heart sank, but the high quality content got me through it in three days. More Tim please, less Ric though!

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Audio not loud enough

Good book, very enjoyable but the audio needs to be louder in order to make the listen a more pleasant experience. Especially when outside as the background noise drowns our the audio even at full volume

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More brilliantly incisive insights

Tim Marshall writes wonderfully about the political and social world we live in, providing many lightbulb moments. This book perhaps less than his superb 'Prisoners of Geography ', but still an important read.

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super educational

This book provides a splendid breakdown of the physical, and invisible walls that exist in different regions across the globe. Some you won't be familiar with outside of country names, and some are much closer to home - a great read and very informative

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Brilliant

Second of Tom Marshalls books I've listened to and both fab. Objective informative does a great job of explaining and summing up issues and setting them against a backdrop of relevant historical references. Highly recommended.

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An eye-opening journey across our world in conflict

This is another masterpiece by Tim Marshall. An essential educational journey throughout
the history and current situation of some of the areas in conflict in our world.

The performance by Ric Jerrom is outstanding!

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Strong overview

The rather opinionated tone of the narrator impacted on the attempt to be even handed in this book. A well researched and insightful analysis of the pros and cons and causes of barriers.

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An explosion of modern knowledge !

Perfect insight into the modern world and how borders have shaped the world we live in

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Love Tim Marshall take on Politics world wide.

Great education and plenty to think about.

Ric Jerrom is the perfect narrator of this material.

Another home run for me.

Shadow play is already on the shortlist.

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Great read/listen

Fiercely interesting book that leaves you wanting to learn. I love the fact that it covers regions/nation's and the borders that dived them across whole globe, helping to create a wider understanding of what is occurring on our planet. I would highly recommend this audiobook.