Read Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization Online Free - From the visionary bestselling author of The Second World and How to Run the World comes a bracing and authoritative guide to a future shaped less by national borders than by global supply chains, a world in which the most connected powers—and people—will win.
Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the twenty-first century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, investing up to ten trillion dollars per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning megacities together. This has profound consequences for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the environment, and social identity. Connectivity, not geography, is our destiny.
In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to explain the rapid and unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. He shows how militaries are deployed to protect supply chains as much as borders, and how nations are less at war over territory than engaged in tugs-of-war over pipelines, railways, shipping lanes, and Internet cables. The new arms race is to connect to the most markets—a race China is now winning, having launched a wave of infrastructure investments to unite Eurasia around its new Silk Roads. The United States can only regain ground by fusing with its neighbors into a super-continental North American Union of shared resources and prosperity.
Connectography offers a unique and hopeful vision for the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and technologies have eliminated the need for resource wars; ambitious transport corridors and power grids are unscrambling Africa’s fraught colonial borders; even the Arab world is evolving a more peaceful map as it builds resource and trade routes across its war-torn landscape. At the same time, thriving hubs such as Singapore and Dubai are injecting dynamism into young and heavily populated regions, cyber-communities empower commerce across vast distances, and the world’s ballooning financial assets are being wisely invested into building an inclusive global society. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.
Advance praise for Connectography
“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. . . . A must-read for the next president.”—Chuck Hagel, former U.S. secretary of defense
“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
“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, co-founder, Wired
“There’s no better guide than Khanna to show us all the possibilities of this new hyperconnected world.”—Mathew Burrows, director, Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and former counselor, U.S. National Intelligence Council
“This book is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in business, science, arts, or any other field.”—Mark Mobius, executive chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group
“A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the future of humanity.”—Sandy Pentland, professor, MIT Media Lab
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July 30, 2016
I’ve just finished reading Parag Khanna’s Connectography. It’s comfortably the most disappointing book I’ve read for a long time. As a committed open borders and free trade kind of guy, I was expecting to lap this up. Parag’s main theme is that humanity is becoming more connected and that the sup...
May 05, 2016
Parag Khanna reminds me of a younger Thomas Friedman. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Friedman was the most visible and prolific apostle of globalization (most notably in "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"). Khanna is now taking on that mantle.
The biggest difference between Friedman and Khann...
August 31, 2016
I really enjoyed this book. It is dense but the macro concepts are so important. In a nutshell: Man-made borders are not as important as man-made supply chains. Nation building within man-made borders is not as important as group affinity - think along the lines of "I'm a Google'r" vs "I'm Canadi...
February 06, 2017
The unfulfilled promise of this book ultimately led me to rate it so poorly. I love the concept, the idea of exploring connections between myriad people and places and integrating them with actual maps - a natural fit for exploring connected/geographic data - all to provide some insight to how th...
August 08, 2017
This book was a difficult one for me. I think I agree with half of it. There is a perverse blind faith in capitalism that the author banks on for his arguments and it doesn't help the overarching argument that connected societies are more moral. I am convinced in his arguments of dropping borders...
December 29, 2016
This is an optimistic take on globalization, which argues that infrastructure investment and connectivity is the key to unlocking the full potential of societies. As Khanna argues (fairly persuasively, in my own opinion), globalization is generally a positive, but its benefits have not yet been e...
April 11, 2017
A great update to Friedman's The World is Flat. China is the future for controlling the supply chain. Best to work with them. Best to build connections not walls.
June 05, 2016
Difficult not to be seduced by the shiny maps in this book. The author argues for a "Pax Urbanica" where interconnections among coastal megacities have more impact than nation-state trade policies, etc. The gist of his argument is that trans-border infrastructure is a true measure of wealth; in w...
July 12, 2016
This is such a timely book. Khanna illustrates the incredible value realized when cities (quite often moreso than nations!) integrate with each other in multiple complementary pathways creating webs of economic interdependence. I do not know that I've read such a glorification of supply chains an...
July 10, 2016
The author's premise is as follows: Let'd do away with the border lines of the 19th and 20th century and look at what really connects and divides people around the globe: conduits of trade, transportation, and human movement, money, and services. These tendrils of connection are growing wider and...