The global political scene today is scary. Large parts of our world are in a state of turmoil and many other regions are reported to be teetering on the edge, a slight nudge may push them over. What is it that compels countries to go to war? Why do some nations prosper while others struggle to rise out of their difficult times? Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall seeks to provide an answer. The book’s byline goes – Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about Global politics.
The book is divided into 10 chapters, each one dedicated to different parts of the world like Africa, Middle East, Europe, India-Pakistan, etc. The author connects the region’s geography to its history and how the two have affected its political scenario and will continue to play a role in global politics in the future.
The book is extremely well-researched and gives a unique insight into many of the events that are occurring today. The author’s early experience as a war correspondent and later a foreign affairs editor comes in handy in his analysis of the history and the prevailing political scenario.