Untapped : The Scramble for Africa's Oil (Paperback)

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Although Africa has long been known to be rich in oil, extracting it hadn''t seemed worth the effort and risk until recently. But with the price of Middle Eastern crude oil skyrocketing and advancing technology making reserves easier to tap, the region has become the scene of a competition between major powers that recalls the nineteenth-century scramble for colonization there. But what does this giddy new oil boom mean--for America, for the world, for Africans themselves?

John Ghazvinian traveled through twelve African countries--from Sudan to Congo to Angola--talking to warlords, industry executives, bandits, activists, priests, missionaries, oil-rig workers, scientists, and ordinary people whose lives have been transformed--not necessarily for the better--by the riches beneath their feet. The result is a high-octane narrative that reveals the challenges, obstacles, reasons for despair, and reasons for hope emerging from the world''s newest energy hot spot.

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Publisher Lightning Source Inc
Mfg Part# 9780156033725
SKU 205535853
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156033720
Release Date 4/1/2008
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.9T
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Editors Note Although Africa has long been known to be rich in oil, extracting it hadn’t seemed worth the effort and risk until recently. But with the price of Middle Eastern crude oil skyrocketing and advancing technology making reserves easier to tap, the region has become the scene of a competition between major powers that recalls the nineteenth-century scramble for colonization there. But what does this giddy new oil boom mean—for America, for the world, for Africans themselves? John Ghazvinian traveled through twelve African countries—from Sudan to Congo to Angola—talking to warlords, industry executives, bandits, activists, priests, missionaries, oil-rig workers, scientists, and ordinary people whose lives have been transformed—not necessarily for the better—by the riches beneath their feet. The result is a high-octane narrative that reveals the challenges, obstacles, reasons for despair, and reasons for hope emerging from the world’s newest energy hot spot.
Editors Note 1 Draws on interviews with people from twelve African nations, including warlords, industry executives, activists, missionaries, oil-rig workers, scientists, and ordinary people, to analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural effects of the African oil boom on everyday life in the region. Reprint.
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