Summary of The Power of Place

Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape

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The Power of Place book summary
What “where” means and why: How birthplace shapes human destiny.


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Harm De Blij, a geographer and a philosopher, is passionate about how place shapes a person’s destiny. He parses statistics to fill in details that maps only hint at telling. He employs rich demographic information to illustrate his thesis about the makeup of the current and future Earth. While some of his conclusions are revelatory and might change the way you think and act regarding certain world phenomena, others seem a bit obvious. The book ping-pongs between mind-blowing insights and yesterday’s news. Despite its hills and valleys, it provides a fascinating new take on the world, how it has changed, and how it will change or not. getAbstract recommends De Blij’s worldview to political scientists, investors, health care practitioners, nongovernmental organizations, those who love to collate data, and those who love to study maps and see what revelations lurk within their folds.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How birthplace determines an individual’s destiny,
  • How to understand the world by dividing it into its core and its periphery,
  • Why certain illnesses linger in certain places, and
  • Why men and women in many places face different destinies.


Your Place in Place
Place determines so much in your life. Despite the modern myth of the mobile society, the vast majority of the world’s citizens will die in the country of their birth. Most of Earth’s inhabitants will speak the language, wear the clothes, observe the mores, practice...
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About the Author

Harm de Blij is the author of Why Geography Matters.

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