Crude World

Crude World

The Violent Twilight of Oil

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A stunning and revealing examination of oil's indelible impact on the countries that produce it and the people who possess it.

Every unhappy oil-producing nation is unhappy in its own way, but all are touched by the "resource curse"—the power of oil to exacerbate existing problems and create new ones. In Crude World, Peter Maass presents a vivid portrait of the troubled world oil has created. He takes us to Saudi Arabia, where officials deflect inquiries about the amount of petroleum remaining in the country's largest reservoir; to Equatorial Guinea, where two tennis courts grace an oil-rich dictator's estate but bandages and aspirin are a hospital's only supplies; and to Venezuela, where Hugo Chávez's campaign to redistribute oil wealth creates new economic and political crises.

Maass, a New York Times Magazine writer, also introduces us to Iraqi oilmen trying to rebuild their industry after the invasion of 2003, an American lawyer leading Ecuadorians in an unprecedented lawsuit against Chevron, a Russian oil billionaire imprisoned for his defiance of Vladimir Putin's leadership, and Nigerian villagers whose livelihoods are destroyed by the discovery of oil. Rebels, royalty, middlemen, environmentalists, indigenous activists, CEOs—their stories, deftly and sensitively presented, tell the larger story of oil in our time.

Crude World
is a startling and essential account of the consequences of our addiction to oil.

Baker & Taylor
A prize-winning contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine examines the role of oil in exacerbating the problems of the modern world, covering a broad range of topics from Hugo Chávez's oil-wealth redistribution proposal to the Ecuadorian lawsuit against Chevron.

Baker
& Taylor

A stunning and revealing examination of oil's indelible impact on the countries that produce it and the people who possess it, of the power of oil to exacerbate existing problems and create new ones.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400041695
1400041694
Branch Call Number: 338.2728 MAA
Characteristics: 276 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Jun 09, 2011

So far I'm floored by the excellent quality of this book. Maass visits locales far from the beaten track to provide first-hand impressions of the communities and figures associated with various oil producing regimes. He manages to be both professional and magnetic in his ruminations on the world oil business. You will be left with an expanded appreciation if you happen to be an end-consumer of gasoline or other oil products.

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jasonruhl
Oct 26, 2009

Maass is a good journalist and that is both a blessing and a curse to this book: It's full of vivid, personal, and engaging stories about the people involved in and surrounded by oil, but it neither draws these stories together nor does it point the way ahead. The subtitle of "The violent twilight of Oil" is somewhat misleading.

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