SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World

Scribner. Oct. 2018. 288p. photos. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781501183904. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501183928. POL SCI
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Marshall (Prisoners of Geography) brings forward an intriguing look at border walls and their impact on the land and people around them. Besides examining walls among countries, the author uses the term as "shorthand for barriers, fences, and divisions in all their variety." Included are structures in China, Israel, Palestine, India, the United States, the UK, among other areas. Marshall looks at the history of the area that led to the creation of the wall, its effects today, and where the future might lead. In these examinations, he reveals a depth of knowledge of the region involved, along with its residents and the issues they face. In conclusion, Marshall shares his vision for the future if issues relating to immigration and walls are not addressed effectively.
VERDICT A provocative and well-written look at current issues in the political landscape. For general readers interested in geopolitics as well as undergraduate programs in border studies and world politics. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]

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