October 26, 2016

Review: Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Most people are caught up in globalization. They see economic progress and modernization as the most important tools shaping international affairs. Yet, when a revolution, political turmoil or a sudden event erupts, the appreciation of geography helps to put the events into context.

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall is all about geopolitics. It describes how geography determines the limit of progress, cooperation, and political behavior. By looking at the past, present and future, Marshall seeks to elevate the importance of geography within interactions of nations, ideologies, civilizations, economies and militaries.

So, if you’re puzzled with Putin’s obsession over Ukraine, or why Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, or why the Arab Spring started in Tunisia, or even what makes the United States an exceptional superpower, the answers are all in this book.