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Prisoners of Geography

Comments and mentions from HN threads:

Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?

beat: An overview of political geography, and how the physical structure of land and water affects the cultures living there, their opportunities, and their place in the world. It caused a total rethink about why Europe and the US have been so successful, and why Africa and South America have suffered.

chrisherd: Why nations act the way they do

krigath: Very interesting view of geopolitics, Putin, et al

Ask HN: What book changed your life in 2019?

shekhardesigner: This book gave me broader prospective in understanding geopolitics in a way I have never thought before. After reading this book, I see world and global event differently, my biased opinion about many countries have changed.