Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization Hardcover – April 19, 2016
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- Publisher : Random House; 1st edition (April 19, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812988558
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812988550
- Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #575,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My ancient Bachelors’ is in Geography.
I am a Political junkie and a Military History hobbyist
I am a map enthusiast. Therefore, I am making a point of the 38 maps and exercises in the cartographic discipline that exist in the insert. (Observation: They are best viewed on a device that has both high resolution and color accuracy)
Given those caveats I agree with the enthusiastic reviews that you will find here. The first half of the book sets the obvious case that there are continuing changes proceeding that are irresistible. The idea that our current intense concerns about nationality & borders are outdated, along with the nation states that were frozen into place in 1919 will soon disappear, may be uncomfortable for some. Me? - I both envy and sympathize with today’s teenagers who will ride this transition. That said if you have, or know, a teenager close by, I believe you will be doing them a favor by gifting them this book.
The interview of Parag Khanna, by Fareed Zakaria on his 2 May 2016 GPS show, is a good exposure to the book’s main points. It can be found by this Google search. [ Connectography "Fareed Zakaria GPS" ]
I didn't agree with every claim the author made. Ex: he claims that a complete freedom of product flows between nations would increase world GDP (thus advocating it) but this doesn't tell us if certain nations would lose from these reductions of trade barriers. If the flow of wealth would accelerate it's escape from West to East, why would the West accept this?
He also advocates the elimination of boarders between countries and mass immigration. This was a major contradiction in his argument. While he claims China is winning the connection race through more integrated supply chains, it's a complete nightmare to try to get a Chinese citizenship even after you've married a Chinese!
In China there is no contradiction in nationalism and supply chain connections, yet he claims the US and Europe should open their boarders and abandon their national identity for the sake of world economic gain (not necessarily the Wests gain it seems like).
The book had a very utilitarian philosophy behind it, with no regard to cultural differences as markers of competitive advantages or disadvantages (Neil Fergusons book as simplified examples).
He also claims that there should be a destruction of the nation state. The rise of national identeties around the world is one if the reasons for the collapse of European Empires exploiting their colonies. National identity is key to freedom.
Despite major objections to some of the books conclusions I'm giving the book a five star. The author makes some very intelligent observations I've not read anywhere else. Besides, it's not my place to downgrade a review due to political difference despite the economic data showing that the last quarter of Britain's GDP was the best results in the developed nations despite alarms from Parag (in his interviews in GoogleTalks) and others on the claimed economic suicide Brexit had been.