Homer's Travels: Book: Tim Marshall's "The Power Of Geography"

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Book: Tim Marshall's "The Power Of Geography"

The thirteenth book of the year was an interesting book on geography and how it will influence world politics.

Tim Marshall's "The Power of Geography" covers ten different countries/areas that will be important in the future.  I have been to a few (Ethiopia, Turkey, Spain) and there are a few I hope to visit some day (Greece, the United Kingdom).  The book filled in a lot of historical gaps in my knowledge though it wasn't too detailed.  It was an interesting overview of most of the countries.

The one thing I didn't like was the last chapter: Space.  First, when I think of geography I think of places on Earth.  If you look up the definition (Merriam-Webster) it specifically says:
"a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface."

Second, if the author is going to talk about Space he'd better get the terminology right.  He incorrectly used space terms several times.  For Example, he referred to the "Andromeda Constellation" when he meant to write "Andromeda Galaxy."

If the author had left off the last chapter on space it would have been better in my opinion,

I gave this book four stars out of five on Goodreads.   It probably should have been three and a half stars because of the Space chapter but I won't let one bad chapter hurt nine good chapters.

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