THE INTERNATIONAL AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER; All leaders are constrained by geography. Their decisions are restricted by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Sure, to grasp world occasions that you must perceive folks, concepts and actions…but when you do not know geography, you may by no means have the complete image.; To grasp Putin’s actions, for instance, it’s important to contemplate that, to be a world energy, Russia should have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months every year then it should have entry to a heat water port – therefore, the annexation of Crimea was the one possibility for Putin. To grasp the Center East, it’s essential to know that geography is the explanation why nations have logically been formed as they’re – and that is why invented nations (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) is not going to survive as nation states.; Unfold over ten chapters (overlaying Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Center East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), utilizing maps, essays and infrequently the non-public experiences of the extensively travelled writer, Prisoners of Geography seems to be on the previous, current and future to supply a vital information to one of many main figuring out components in world historical past.