Untapped The Scramble for Africa's Oil

ISBN-10: 0151011389

ISBN-13: 9780151011384

Edition: 2007

Authors: John Ghazvinian

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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. Already the United States imports more of its oil from Africa than from Saudi Arabia, and China, too, looks to the continent for its energy security. What does this giddy new oil boom mean--for America, for the world, for Africans themselves? To find out, 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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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/9/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

JOHN GHAZVINIAN has a doctorate in history from Oxford. He has written for Newsweek, the Nation, Time Out New York, and other publications. Born in Iran and raised in London and Los Angeles, he currently lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Preface
Introduction
The Onshore Effect
The Offshore Illusion
"A Country in Africa"
Instant Emirates
Paradise Found?
The Place Where People Wait
The Chinese are Coming!...But Who Isn't?
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources and Suggested Further Reading
Index
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