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Summary

The Sunday Times Best Seller

Tim Marshall's global best seller Prisoners of Geography showed how every nation’s choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Since then, the geography hasn’t changed. But the world has.

In this revelatory new book, Marshall explores 10 regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry: Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Greece, Turkey, the Sahel, Ethiopia, Spain and space. Find out why Europe’s next refugee crisis is closer than it thinks as trouble brews in the Sahel; why the Middle East must look beyond oil and sand to secure its future; why the eastern Mediterranean is one of the most volatile flashpoints of the 21st century; and why the Earth’s atmosphere is set to become the world’s next battleground.

Delivered with Marshall’s trademark wit and insight, this is a lucid and gripping exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present - and future.

As read by the author.

Includes pdf with maps.

©2021 Tim Marshall (P)2021 Elliott & Thompson Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Another outstanding guide to the modern world. Marshall is a master at explaining what you need to know and why." (Peter Frankopan)

"I can't imagine reading a better book this year." (Daily Mirror)

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Very disappointed

I bought Prisoners of Geography both the physical and audio book version because I was so impressed with the writing of Tim Marshall. When his new audio book was released only days ago I rushed to buy, what an utter disappointment. In his previous work he was fastidious in his research and greatly challenged my thinking for the better. However in this his most recent work he has gone down the road of so many recent academics and replaced vigorous scrunity with WOKE, WOKE and more WOKE, another example of many of late in academic cowardice (group think). Others have given this a five star rating, they must be friends, family, sicophnats or fools. I have now returned this title and could write so much more but what's the point.

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  • 28-04-21

Much enjoyed sequel

Immensely entertaining and informative book detailing how politics is shaped by geography. Following on from his previous ‘Prisoners of Geography’ this book focuses on mid-sized countries such as Australia, Iran and the UK. I found the chapter on Saudi Arabia really brings home the importance of geography (and climate), how it has shaped the country and how it will do so in the future. I enjoyed the chapter on space which really brings the story to a logical conclusion.
This time the book is narrator by the author, whose clear reading accentuates and brings it to life, which I much preferred to the narrator of the previous book.

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Enlightening stuff

its enlightening, in the same way that shinning a torch into the dark corners of the kitchen cupboards reveals stuff that you've happily ignored for a while.

Its a brilliant book but sobering to realise how little I still know about geography, history, economics and demographics and the subsequent politics.

it's a great to be reminded how the forces that shape our world a anchord by factors othe than just money.



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Great read.

This was very interesting. Learned a huge amount about history of various parts of the world, as well as geography and politics.

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Wished it was longer!

Perfect mix of historical fact and geopolitical analysis. My favourite Tim Marshall book so far 👍

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Informative

I really enjoyed this book, felt like the second part to prisoners of geography. It explorers other nations outside the bigger powers and demonstrate how they view the world.

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Fascinating take on the Modern World

If you are interested in the modern world and politics you must read this book!

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Interesting

Good histories of each nation/region, also had some predictions of future geo-political risk type play

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Amazing

Only bad thing about this book is that it had to end. If you enjoy prisoners of geography this is even better

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If you liked the first, you'll like this

Fantastic book but I wish the narrator would have cleared his throat. It was hard to listen to at times

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  • 28-03-22

nice

a bit too much space speculation in the end.
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  • 01-07-21

Educative

The author's understanding of our world, history and geography give us an educative insight into past, current and possible future political movements on this planet.
His wit and sense of humor make this reading entertaining too .
Makes me want to learn more.
Excellent book and great writer.

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  • 24-04-21

As interesting as his last book and the perfect entry

Especially for these covid days into the key information that many of us miss in getting the context of both today’s but more importantly tomorrow’s news stories