Poisoned Wells

Poisoned Wells : The Dirty Politics of African Oil

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Each week the oil and gas fields of sub-Saharan Africa produce over a billion dollars worth of oil yet this rising tide of money is not promoting stability or development but instead is causing violence, poverty and stagnation. "Poisoned Wells" exposes the root causes of this paradox of poverty from plenty, and explores the mechanisms by which oil causes grave instabilities and corruption around the globe. Shaxson's access as a journalist to the key players in African oil results in an explosive story.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 30.5mm | 408.24g
  • Palgrave USA
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 1403971943
  • 9781403971944
  • 1,341,457

About Nicholas Shaxson

NICHOLAS SHAXSON is a journalist who writes regularly for the Financial Times, The Economist, and several other publications. He is an associate fellow with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, UK, and a world authority on the politics and economics of the oil-producing nations of the Gulf of Guinea. He has been covering the African oil trade for over ten years.show more

Table of contents

Introduction - Pedro - Abel - Bongo - Milongo - Lukman - The Hooligans - Arkady - Rafael - Asari - Obiang - Fradiqueshow more

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"'Nicholas Shaxson has travelled to some of the most dangerous and dysfunctional nations on the planet, delved into the murky depths of the African oil business and emerged with a grisly but compelling tale of greed, corruption and violence. There are still some who believe that oil can rescue Africa from poverty at the same time as saving America from its fatal dependence on suppliers in the Middle East. In this remarkable book, the fruit of years of painstaking research, Shaxson exposes oil as a destroyer, not a savior, of all that is best in Africa.' - Victor Mallet, Asia editor, Financial Times, and author of The Trouble with Tigers: The Rise and Fall of South-East Asia 'This is a splendid book about a crucial subject. We need oil. We want the countries that sell it to us to be stable. But oil itself destabilizes them, unless they were mature democracies before they discovered it. Nicholas Shaxson has put in more legwork in wrecked African petro-states than any other reporter I can think of. The result is a cracking tale of blood, champagne and the 'Devil's excrement.' - Robert Guest, former Africa editor, The Economist, and author of The Shackled Continent 'This book will be unsettling for those with preconceived ideas about the oil industry, international business or African politics. Shaxson shows that there are no easy answers to questions on the role of multinational oil giants in Africa, or how to tackle the corruption that is often the result of their oil deals. He shows there are many, many complicated shades of grey--but he does so, thankfully, using such a colorful style and language that the book comes to life and is a pleasure to read.' - Hugh Williamson, Berlin correspondent, Financial Times"show more

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