• Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-26-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Novel Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (700 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question.

All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In this audiobook, now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic - their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders - to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.

Marshall explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China's power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical.

©2015 Tim Marshall (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

Critic Reviews

"In an ever more complex, chaotic, and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geopolitics." ( Newsweek)

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  • Sherry
  • Londonderry, NH, United States
  • 06-19-17

It's a Book about Maps! Please provide the Maps!

Loved this book but, come on! It's a book about TEN MAPS THAT EXPLAIN EVERYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD! I paid for the book. I paid for the maps. Please include a PDF of the maps!!!!!

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Great Narrator

I wish I could go back and reduce my prior performance ratings to make this one more valuable. Scott Brick's quietly dramatic, slightly sinister tone made what would have been a simply fine nonfiction into a captivating listen. Highly engaging content as well.

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  • Raleigh
  • greensboro, NC, United States
  • 01-05-17

TERRAIN AS DESTINY


? do the murky motives and actions of foreign countries interest you
? is it reasonable to think that where you live affects how you behave
? are there careless historic choices whose consequences reverberate for centuries

tim marshall has written a great book, in hopes of answering those questions
his journalist career took him to many of the world's war zones and hotspots
the hard lessons he learned there inform his view of geography's consequences

as you'd expect, the territories of china, india and russia are featured prominently
but the geographic limitations of africa and south america were also well discussed
the middle east chapters were more than insightful in making sense of that region

the book was most helpful in understanding other nation's stubborn and fearful behavior
their conduct seems more reasonable once history and topography are considered
marshall's book is a valuable lens with which to view our increasingly complex world



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Narration made all the material tantalizing

I like the book, the material, but I think the star here was the narrator. I kept wishing I could narrate like Scott Brick did with this book.

Most of the material was generally familiar to me and yet I found the specifics kind of mesmerizing. I think it was in very large part to the narrator's delivery - brilliant!

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Looking at the world in Lee Kwan Yew's eyes.

Loved the Book.Very Informative.
The narrator's voice was epic! You will love this audible book.

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  • Carl
  • Seattle
  • 01-24-17

Different look at politics

Where does Prisoners of Geography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For non-fiction, in the top 10%.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Non-fiction. The explanation of Russian behavior based on Russia's geography was the most revealing.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of America's great geographic fortune was an eye-opener. Rivers, oceans, farmland, minerals

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think about countries in a new way, and it made me get out my atlas.

Any additional comments?

Excellent length for the lay reader. 200 pages or so. I get discouraged by the 600+ non-fiction tomes.

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Food for thought

Thank you Tim for a book that helped me look outside the box. I am an African and though I think you handled the subject well . I do think that you were kind to Africa not drawing too much attention to the amount of corruption and nepotism that will hold back progress in this vast and beautiful continent. Africa needs desperately to utilise it's own mineral wealth instead of exporting it. South Africa is a country with great potential but stagnating with a poor growth because of poor leadership .Where .. oh ..where will we end up ?

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Extraordinary

If ever you wondered what difference a mountain range, a tropical rainforest, a wide expanse of desert, or a river wide and deep enough for transport could make on a Nation and its "life, this is your book. Wonderfully narrated, with some level of forecasting that, given today's current state of political nationalism, and/or isolationism, causes one to pause, and think about the world's future, and one's place in it.

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Good overview

Enjoyed the book. The performance was quite good for nonfiction.

As you might expect this book takes a very deterministic view of history and a strong knowledge of geography is required before listening to a book about maps. If you're familiar with current geopolitics this book will fill out your knowledge. If you're new to the topic there will be a barrage of historical context and interplay between regional powers.

If you think the title sounds interesting and you enjoy understanding geopolitics you'll enjoy this book. I suspect the book won't be very useful in 5+ years though. Consider a different title if reading this review in 2020 or beyond.

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Geography shapes politics

Tim Marshall does a great job at explaining how the geography of each country shapes its political atmosphere. This book is political, and a great read.

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  • Mike
  • 01-26-17

Brilliantly written

very insightful, well written text. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book.

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  • James
  • 03-01-17

Excellent book.

Anyone looking for a geopolitical analysis of the world and its geographical limitations can find no better introduction than this title. Still as topical and relevant as it was when first published in 2015. Brilliant.

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  • Moh
  • 02-13-17

A must listen to anyone interested in geopolitics

Great book. well researched and eloquent theories on how geography shapes the destiny of nations.

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  • M. Griffiths
  • 07-02-17

Fundamental geopolitics

For the lay reader like me, this is a great introduction to geopolitics. It is entertaining throughout and my only reservation is that I wish it had been longer.

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  • Pete
  • 06-06-17

Engrossing

A subject I have flicked over in the past, but this book really wet my appetite. Insightful and eyeopening. I can't say I entirely agree with all of the arguments but this book certainly opens the debate; a need for more information and further reading, it has certainly rekindled my interest.

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  • D. Norris
  • 03-21-17

Great geo-political-historical insight

Loved the content and learnt a lot about the forces on politics and history but really struggled with the voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-17

Oustanding!

Would you consider the audio edition of Prisoners of Geography to be better than the print version?

Don't know as I haven't read the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prisoners of Geography?

Opening my eyes as to how geography plays such a part in world affairs.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

What a brilliant narrator - I certainly look forward to listening to more from him.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't make a film - the book tells all you need to know.

Any additional comments?

Can't praise this highly enough.

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  • Shauna
  • 04-03-18

A surprisingly gripping history of the world

Wonderfully conveyed by writer and narrator. A refreshing lens through which to view global politics.