Prisoners Of Geography

Tim Marshall ★★★★★
Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics

I was never really into history or politics but I was always interested in geography - or maybe just in maps, I don’t really know.

This book describes the current geopolitics of a select few countries, with some historical aspects as well. It seems self-evident that geography shapes politics, but looking at it from this very physical perspective makes the whole thing a bit more tangible and more interesting. I certainly liked this book very much and would love to read more from the author and from their bibliography.

What I liked most is the very easy to digest style, the maps that open every chapter, and the fact I feel like I learned a lot from it.

What I didn’t like that much was that it could have been a little bit more detailed - I understand the space constraints but I could have done with a bit more information about some topics, and some countries weren’t really treated at all (one of my favorites, Chile, was barely mentioned I think). I just wanted to keep on reading.