Untapped

Untapped

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by John Ghazvinian
     
 

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156033725
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
264,545
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
 Preface ix
 Introduction 1
1. THE ONSHORE EFFECT 17
2. THE OFFSHORE ILLUSION 83
3. “A COUNTRY IN AFRICA” 126
4. INSTANT EMIRATES 166
5. PARADISE FOUND? 207
6. THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE WAIT 245
7. THE CHINESE ARE COMING! . . . BUT WHO ISN’T? 274
 Epilogue 296
 Acknowledgments 299
 A Note on Sources and Suggested Further Reading 302
 Index 307

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