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Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil / Edition 1
     

Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil / Edition 1

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by John Ghazvinian
 

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ISBN-10: 0156033720

ISBN-13: 9780156033725

Pub. Date: 04/14/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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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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 one of the world’s energy hot spots.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156033725
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/14/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (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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