Prisoners of Geography My first read of 2019
Title: Prisoners of Geography Genre: Geopolitics Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Release Date: July 9th 2015 Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements – but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.
If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, …
Through out this year I have been reluctant to start a book, despite the fact that a have a goal of atleast two books a month (depends with how many pages the book had. This is due to I had this new fancy job where am the CyberSecurity Administrator of Bank X, thus the stuffs am dealing with got me curious and made me realize how much of the enterprise world I don’t know.
Thus I went in a journey of familiarizing my self with the new technologies of the enterprise world, and if possible get a few certifications.
By mid Feb I decided its time for me to start a book, and the one up in my list was Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. What caught me about the book was its sub title “Ten maps that tells you everything you need to know about global politics” 😂.
I have read quite a few books about politics in the past that includes The Dictator Handbook, Confessions of an Economic Hitman just to name a few, the first books that I read were about how political leaders and their allies influence the politics of a nation. But Prisoners of Geography boils down to how geography influence the politics and growth of a nation.
“There are fifty American states, but they add up to one nation in a way the twenty-eight sovereign states of the European Union never can. Most of the EU states have a national identity far stronger, more defined, than any American state. It is easy to find a French person who is French first, European second, or one who pays little allegiance to the idea of Europe, but an American identifies with their Union in a way few Europeans do theirs. This is explained by the geography, and the history of the unification of the United States.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
In the book the author describes why some countries are developed while others are developing, why countries are fighting to gain or protect certain territories, why some countries are in war with one another and why some places are inhabited and undeveloped.
“Look again at the standard Mercator map and you see that Greenland appears to be the same size as Africa, and yet Africa is actually fourteen times the size of Greenland! You could fit the USA, Greenland, India, China, Spain, France, Germany and the UK into Africa and still have room for most of Eastern Europe. We know Africa is a massive land mass, but the maps rarely tell us how massive.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
Not to give out too much spoilers, I would recommend you to get yourself a copy and enjoy…