Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics, this week recommends some heavy hitters! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Tim's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. It’s a clear linear argument setting out how these things have helped humanity. It seeks to dispel negativity about the modern world by showing how much better off we are, despite all our problems, than in previous centuries.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
As above - and I rate it highly because we need to hear the case made that if we lose our Enlightenment values we risk losing the progress we’ve made.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Probably Lord of the Rings which I read several times from about 10 to 12 years old.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Any Waterstones because they’ve helped keep bookshops on the High St, but as a favourite single place - Daunts on Marylebone High St in London for its range, architecture, staff, and because its packed to the gunnels with stuff I like.
Many thanks to Tim for answering my questions and for his book recommendations! Please don't forget to check out his book Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics.
Image Copyrights: Elliott & Thompson Limited (Prisoners of Geography), Penguin Books Ltd (Enlightenment Now), HarperCollins Publishers (Lord of the Rings)