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Connectography Audiobook

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

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Publisher's Summary

Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the 21st century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, investing up to 10 trillion dollars per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the world's burgeoning megacities together. This has profound consequences for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the environment, and social identity. Connectivity, not geography, is our destiny.

In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle to explain the unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. He shows how militaries are deployed to protect supply chains as much as borders, and how nations are less at war over territory than engaged in tugs-of-war over pipelines, railways, shipping lanes, and Internet cables. The new arms race is to connect to the most markets - a race China is now winning, having launched a wave of infrastructure investments to unite Eurasia around its new Silk Roads. The United States can only regain ground by fusing with its neighbors into a super-continental North American Union of shared resources and prosperity.

©2016 Parag Khanna (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Incredible. We don't often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms - a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than two hundred nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete.” (The Washington Post)

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    Rob Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-07-16
    Rob Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The juice for the next generation"

    I really enjoyed this book. It is dense but the macro concepts are so important. In a nutshell: Man-made borders are not as important as man-made supply chains. Nation building within man-made borders is not as important as group affinity - think along the lines of "I'm a Google'r" vs "I'm Canadian". Overall a really great read to understand how connectivity is the juice for the next generation.

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    Denis 09-08-16
    Denis 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    interesting thesis in this book. some parts are glossed over though, if they were expanded it might make an even more illuminating read.

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    Kurt Emery Matson 12-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You will enjoy this book if you are new to globalization.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going to listen to a book on analytics.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Rich on narrative, low on facts.

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    Radek 11-11-16
    Radek 11-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite book of 2016"

    Very eye opening book on how global flows of information and trade are driving geopolitics.

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    Maggie 11-10-16
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    "Great book but the narrator is a drag"
    Would you listen to Connectography again? Why?

    It's a great book for understanding the basics of geopolitics and the global economy. He makes some very interesting arguments about the effects of technology, trade, and urban migration on the relevance of political borders in much of the world.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    Just about anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be interesting to know how many times the word "connectivity" is repeated. Because it happens A LOT.

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