Books by the Beach….courtesy of Alys!

….a bit of heavy reading now so truly one for the adults. This recommendation comes from friend of Octopoda...

….a bit of heavy reading now so truly one for the adults. This recommendation comes from friend of Octopoda Alys, who has just returned from an ‘Epic Adventure’ around the World (to read her fantastic travel blog, click here).

During said travels, Alys read the International & No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall.

” 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, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history”

….as we said deep but offers you an amazing alternate insight into how we perceive the World.

Here’s Alys’ take on it….

“Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall was one of the most informative, engrossing books I’ve ever read. Tim Marshall is a specialist in geopolitics- formerly diplomatic editor and also foreign affairs editor for Sky News, so the guy knows a thing or two about the ways of the world. The way he writes about how the geography of the land has impacted the decisions of world leaders today was eye opening. As someone who knows less than your niece about politics, I found this book unexpectedly fascinating. How rivers, mountains and deserts have defined countries success or failure in this world; something I’d never really put thought to. He explains in relatively layman terms how the world has been shaped the way it is today, technology and all – and not in the manner of a text book! It kept me telling new fun facts I’d learnt to anyone who would listen; highly recommend it”.

Thanks Alys!

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