Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil by John Ghazvinian

Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil

byJohn Ghazvinian

Kobo ebook | April 14, 2008

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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 the world’s newest energy hot spot.

Title:Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's OilFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 14, 2008Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547546165

ISBN - 13:9780547546162


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative and Entertaining This book on the scramble for African oil is part travelogue, part journalistic digging and part shock fiction. Ghazvinian highlights the gross effects that oil production has on the producing nations: as the oil goes up the quality of life goes down. He tells stories meant to shock and informs you of why Africa is so rich in resources and yet so poor. A book that entertains and informs is an all around winner.
Date published: 2008-08-13