"Prisoners of Geography" by Tim Marshall is an enlightening book on an often overlooked mechanism behind global politics: geographical possibilities and hindrances. Global politics does not excist in a vacuum. In fact, all world leaders are massively impacted by their countries geography. Actions and choices are determined by factors such as weather, mountains, seas and concrete.
This book allows you to understand the past, present and future actions of global superpowers by initiating you into the hidden world of geopolitics. Learn why Russia is interested in Crimea, why China seeks to expand its borders and how the geography of the US reveals why the country always was destined to become a global superpower.
The ten maps included in "Prisoners of Geography" are of Russia, China, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, India and Pakistan and the Arctic.
You might also be interested in the sequel to "Prisoners of Geography" written by Tim Marshall called "The Power of Geography".