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Prisoners of Geography

Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps (Illustrated Young Readers Edition)

By Tim Marshall

Illustrated by Grace Easton, Jessica Smith

The secret world history written in the mountains, rivers, and seas that shape every country’s politics, economy, and international relations—and our own lives—is revealed in this illustrated young readers edition of Prisoners of Geography, the million-copy international bestseller.

History is a story—and it’s impossible to tell the whole tale without understanding the setting. In this eye-opening illustrated edition of the international bestseller Prisoners of Geography, you’ll learn to spot connections between geography and world affairs in ways you never noticed before.
  • How did the US’s rivers help it become a superpower?
  • Why are harsh, cold and swampy Siberia and the Russian Far East two of that country’s most prized regions?
  • How come Japan prefers to trade along the coasts instead of across its land?
  • What do the Himalayas have to do with war?

With colorful maps that capture every continent and region, plus hundreds of illustrations that illuminate how our surroundings shape us, this one-of-a-kind atlas will inspire curious minds of all ages!

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Kansas NEA Reading Circle Junior Level 2021 (TOP PICK)
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2019
Shortlisted for Children’s Travel Book of the Year, Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020

“Earth’s physical landscape has shaped human history, and it continues to influence geopolitics, as Tim Marshall shows in [this] large-form illustrated children’s version of his 2016 bestseller. . . .  For curious children ages 7-15, Prisoners of Geography has lots to fascinate.”The Wall Street Journal

“Marshall’s fat Prisoners of Geography [has] been transformed into a dozen large infographic maps . . . designed to highlight the roles geophysical features, or the lack thereof, have played in shaping trade and politics.”Kirkus Reviews

“Reading this book more than once would be a really good thing to do. There’s always more to learn!”Kids’ BookBuzz
Product Details
Age range
8 - 99
Grade range
3 - 17
Number of pages
Publication date
November 30, 2021