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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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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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Brilliant and Thought Provoking

I wished that Prisoners of Geography had been written years ago so that I could have been better informed about the World. Divided has built on that platform brilliantly using examples of walls and conflicts between countries and people’s, drawing out the lessons, being even handed and coming up with a thoughtful and workable conclusion that everyone should be given the privilege to ponder. I will re-read it to make sure I have it all at my finger tips for the future. Thoroughly recommend the book!

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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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Them and Us in bricks and mortar

An interesting expose on the ubiquitous them and us paradigm. Always interesting and entertaining an easy and enjoyable read.You can not but feel better informed as to the many divisions that shape the way we live and share this small little planet of ours. Many answers to “Why is that there”. Covers many times and places, so a lot for everyone from anywhere

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Undermined by wooden narration

As with Marshall’s previous works there are always fascinating jewels of insight and fact. I love the way his high and long perspectives uncover truths about his subjects.
Perhaps there weren’t as many this time around.
The narration however was the weakness. I felt I was listening to a computer generated speaker. Alexa has more intonation and emotional involvement.

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Chapter 6 and 7 were especially helpful

a helpful summary of how we value and defend space. depress8nat times but well reasoned and informative