- Tim Marshall
- ARRSE Rating
- 5 Mushroom Heads
This is a book about Barriers and Fences, and how they shape the Geopolitics of the modern world.
Right up to date for 2018, Marshall analyses the implications of those Countries who seek to place artificial barriers in the way of inward migrations (Trump included), and those who place intangible barriers in the way of the freedom for their citizens (China’s Great Internet Firewall that restricts the flow of corrupting websites from the West).
As the book has been written by a Journalist rather than a career academic, the style is light and very readable. In fact it’s one of the few books I’ve had in recent months where it’s been difficult to put down.
His analyses of the Bangladeshi immigration into India, Rohinga Refugees fleeing into Bangladesh, Sub Saharan Africa and more familiar locations such as Europe and the Belfast Peace Walls are incisive, challenge your assumptions, and are quite masterful.
In short, one might become ridiculously well read in the space of a 300 Page Paperback, and potential AIB candidates could do worse than to put this into their prepatory reading. Anyone contemplating a Staff Course would also be able to give the impression of complex erudition and being Geopolitically well read, by just an examination of these pages.
In fact, this book was so good that whilst passing through an Airport recently, I actually paid for a copy of ‘Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that tell you everything you need to know about Global Politics. This is the follow up book to ‘Divided’.
This book does not deal with the Walls that humans make, but rather where Rivers, Deserts and Mountains form natural walls that determine the geopolitical fate of nations. So, for example, if you were interested as to why India and Pakistan both want Kashmir, why Russia invaded Afghanistan or why it would be almost totally impossible for anyone to invade Iran successfully, this is the book for you.
He also includes a simplistic and if it is possible to give one, an objective treatment of the Israel-Palestine question.
Two superb reads…
‘Divided’ Trainer rates * * * * *
‘Prisoners of Geography’ Trainer rates * * * * *