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Untapped : The Scramble for Africa's Oil

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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.
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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156033720
  • 9780156033725
  • 959,886

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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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"Perceptive Untapped drills home the point ... that a thoughtful strategy to lift the neglected bottom billion must compete against the global oil giants going about their business -- and the one billion people in countries at the top, and the four billion in the middle, whose consumption habits stand behind these multinationals."--The New York Times



With the price of Middle Eastern crude oil skyrocketing and advancing technology making reserves easier to tap, Africa a region long known to be rich in oil 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? 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. "Like the cars that might one day make the Western world a bit less reliant on crude oil, Untapped is a hybrid; part travelogue, part analysis and part lament. It is also well timed." The Economist



"[A] deftly reported book ... "--GQ 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.





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PRAISE FOR UNTAPPED

"[A] riveting account and superb analysis of what African oil means to a fuel-hungry world and to the African nations involved."--The Boston Globe

"Perceptive . . . Untapped drills home the point . . . that a thoughtful strategy to lift the neglected bottom billion must compete against the global giants going about their business."--The New York Times PRAISE FOR UNTAPPED

[A] riveting account and superb analysis of what African oil means to a fuel-hungry world and to the African nations involved. The Boston Globe

Perceptive . . . Untapped drills home the point . . . that a thoughtful strategy to lift the neglected bottom billion must compete against the global giants going about their business. The New York Times" PRAISE FOR "UNTAPPED " [A] riveting account and superb analysis of what African oil means to a fuel-hungry world and to the African nations involved. "The Boston Globe"

Perceptive . . . "Untapped" drills home the point . . . that a thoughtful strategy to lift the neglected bottom billion must compete against the global giants going about their business. "The New York Times"" PRAISE FOR"UNTAPPED""[A] riveting account and superb analysis of what African oil means to a fuel-hungry world and to the African nations involved."--"The Boston Globe"

"Perceptive . . ."Untapped"drills home the point . . . that a thoughtful strategy to lift the neglected bottom billion must compete against the global giants going about their business."--"The New York Times" PRAISE FOR "UNTAPPED ""[A] riveting account and superb analysis of what African oil means to a fuel-hungry world and to the African nations involved."Â "The Boston Globe"

"Perceptive . . . "Untapped" drills home the point . . . that a thoughtful strategy to lift the neglected bottom billion must compete against the global giants going about their business."Â "The New York Times" PRAISE FOR "UNTAPPED ""[A] riveting account and superb analysis of what African oil means to a fuel-hungry world and to the African nations involved."--"The Boston Globe"

"Perceptive . . . "Untapped" drills home the point . . . that a thoughtful strategy to lift the neglected bottom billion must compete against the global giants going about their business."--"The New York Times"
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