Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil

Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil

by John Ghazvinian
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Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil 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 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
Sales rank: 1,309,749
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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 lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Excellent discussion of the key trends in West Africa. JG gives readers a quick tour of each of the major producing countries, the relevant history of the oil business in context, and most importantly paints a good picture of both sides of the resource nationalism debate. This is not a diatribe against the major oil firms but a more even handed treatment. Quite a rare find. Easily readable and in many parts quite a page turner - usually a difficult term to apply to such a dry topic.