Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired Connectography by a leading global strategist, Parag Khanna.
The book is promised to be a "groundbreaking and authoritative" guide into "a future shaped less by national borders and more by global supply chains".
Khanna argues that political states, as represented on traditional world maps, are becoming redundant since "a global network civilisation" is emerging, where those with the most connections win.
He aims to demonstrate in the book, through his travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, London to Dubai and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea, how 21st-century conflict is "a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access" as he strives to make sense of the modern world.
Paul Murphy, senior editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution from Denise Cronin at Penguin Random House US. It will be published in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 19th April 2016, priced £20.
Murphy said: "Weidenfeld & Nicolson has always been renowned for its international outlook, so I can’t think of a better book to bring to the list than Connectography. Its scope is truly global, making sense of the modern world as it actually is, rather than as it appears on traditional maps. Parag Khanna has produced an important book, full of insight and detail, yet at the same time readable and entertaining, and I am excited to be publishing it."
Khanna's previous books include The Second World (Penguin) and How to Run the World (Random House). He is a global contributor to CNN and senior research fellow at the University of Singapore. In 2008, Khanna also was named one of Esquire’s "75 Most Influential People of the Twenty-First Century" and featured in WIRED magazine’s "Smart List". He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a "Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum".
Khanna will be giving on a TED talk on Connectography on 17th February 2016.