- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: W&N (19 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1474604234
- ISBN-13: 978-1474604239
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.4 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution Hardcover – 19 Apr 2016
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'Parag Khanna has vision' (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
'Incredible . . . We don't often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms-a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than two hundred nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete. . . . With the world rapidly changing and urbanizing, [Khanna's] proposals might be the best way to confront a radically different future' (Washington Post)
'Clear and coherent . . . Khanna provides a rare account of the physical infrastructure of globalization. . . . Khanna also provides a well-researched account of how companies are weaving ever more complicated supply chains that pull the world together even as they squeeze out inefficiencies. . . . [He] has succeeded in demonstrating that the forces of globalization are winning the battle for connected space, building tunnels, bridges and pipelines at an astonishing pace' (Adrian Woolridge Wall Street Journal)
'For those who fear that the world is becoming too inward-looking, Connectography is a refreshing, optimistic vision' (The Economist)
'Khanna imagines a near-future in which infrastructural and economic connections supersede traditional geopolitical coordinates as the primary means of navigating our world. He makes a persuasive case: Connectography is as compelling and richly expressive as the ancient maps from which it draws its inspiration' (Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and CEO, WPP)
'This is probably the most global book ever written. It is intensely specific while remaining broad and wide. Its takeaway is that infrastructure is destiny: follow the supply lines outlined in this book to see where the future flows' (Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick Wired)
'Reading Connectography is a real adventure. The expert knowledge of Parag Khanna has produced a comprehensive and fascinating book anchored in geography but extending out to every field that connects people around the globe. His deep insight into communications, logistics and the many other globally critical areas is remarkable' (Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group)
'From Lagos, Mumbai, Dubai and Singapore to the Amazon, the Himalayas, the Arctic and the Gobi desert steppe, Parag Khanna's latest book provides an invaluable guide to the volatile, confusing worlds of early twenty-first-century geopolitics. A provocative remapping of contemporary capitalism based on planetary mega-infrastructures, inter-continental corridors of connectivity and transnational supply chains rather than traditional political borders' (Neil Brenner, Director, Urban Theory Lab, Harvard University Graduate School of Design)
'In high style, Parag Khanna reimagines the world through the lens of globally connected supply-chain networks. It is a world still fraught with perils - old and new - but one ever more likely to nurture peace and sustain progress' (John Arquilla, United States Naval Postgraduate School)
'To get where you want to go, it helps to have a good map. In Connectography, Parag Khanna surveys the economic, political and technological landscape and lays out the case for why "competitive connectivity" - with cities and supply chains as the vital nodes - is the true arms race of the twenty-first century. This bold reframing is an exciting addition to our ongoing debate about geopolitics and the future of globalization' (Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company)
'Connectography is ahead of the curve in seeing the battlefield of the future, and the new kind of tug-of-war being waged on it. Khanna's scholarship and foresight are world-class' (Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense)
'Parag Khanna takes our knowledge of connectivity into virgin territory, providing an entire atlas on how old and new connections are reshaping our physical, social and mental worlds. This is a deep and highly informative reflection on the meaning of a rapidly developing borderless world. Connectography proves why the past is no longer prologue to the future. There's no better guide than Parag Khanna to show us all the possibilities of this new hyper-connected world' (Mathew Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and former Counselor, U.S. National Intelligence Council)
'Connectography gives the reader an amazing new view of human society, bypassing the time-worn categories and frameworks we usually use. It shows us a view of our world as a living thing that really exists: the flows of people, ideas and materials that constitute our constantly evolving reality. Connectography is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the future of humanity' (Sandy Pentland, Professor, MIT Media Lab)
'Khanna's insights are at once self-evident and revelatory . . . His seemingly inexhaustible expertise about the global economy is impressive . . . This is a prescient guide to the geopolitics of today and tomorrow' (Publishers Weekly)
'A great feat of reportage' (Niall Ferguson Financial Times on The Second World)
'This is the sort of reporting that newspapers can no longer afford to send correspondents to do ... [Khanna's] book is compelling and exciting' (Telegraph on The Second World)
'The term "sweeping" hardly does justice to the ambition of Indian-born Parag Khanna ... Makes the pulse race' (Economist on How to Run the World)
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However if you believe the rise of Asia is pretty much inevitable, or indeed believe it has already happened then you will find plenty to put flesh on the bones of your thinking about the nature of the new world order in this book.
In terms of the detail there isn't much in this book you couldn't find by reading publications such as the economist as well as reading local publications on the internet such as the South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times.
However in the middle ground between the thesis (pretty much taken as a given) and the detail I found plenty of perspectives that I personally had not considered before, despite my interest in the subject.
By way of example: I have read plenty of articles about China's Special Economic Zones. I had considered Special Economic Zones to be transient features of states trying to introduce capitalism without destabilising their political structures, but the book discusses the idea from the US Global Intelligence Council "Global Trends 2030" report that Special Economic Zones may be early examples of a "stateless" world where governments cede increasing self government to commercial city states. Avid readers may have discovered this insight for themselves, but Khanna then suggests an analogy with historical example of "free cities" of the Hanseatic league and Flanders.Read more ›
Second, the idea that connectivity between peoples precludes war between states is neither new nor particularly robust. The standard argument is that countries that are interconnected through trade, through cultural exchange etc do not go to war. The history of WWI and WWII refutes the theory. Germany and Britain had decades of trade and cultural exchange (the British royal family was, afterall, German). Yet, they fought the most bloody wars in human history.
One can challenge not only the thesis, but the underlying assumptions that underpin the thesis. His ideas are not simply descriptive of the world "out there". They embody or assume a functionalist, rationalist, futuristic conception of human nature. It seems unlikely that the logic of "connectography" will replace geography a.k.a. identity, place, sense of self anytime in the near future. Khanna's insistence that the forces of connectivity will overwhelm those of division and tribalism are unfounded.Read more ›
The book itself reads like an Econ 101 primer. Some of it is interesting, and a lot of the stuff about the "3rd world" is new to me, but on the whole the tone is a bit patronizing and reads like a CNN op-ed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One interesting thought stretched over 400 pages, used to push all the authors ill founded opinions about the world down the reader's throat. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sven Ringling
Honestly, I should have listened to the other reviews. The maps are tiny.Published 7 months ago by Amazonpenname
We are in an ever-connected world, connected by networks of different kinds, of which the Internet is just one small part. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Autamme_dot_com
The fact that this book has 400 acknowledgements makes me wonder whether a) this is supposed to be a book about how connected Parag Khanna is; and b) if any of the ideas are his... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sid Khanna
The maps are great (though I wish they were bigger) the case clearly made about the future. It is refreshing to have an optimistic projection, as well as data on the importance of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer