The Scramble for Africa's Oil
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151011384, 336pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2007
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.
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.
" ... [a] deftly reported book ... "
"Ghazvinian, who has a doctorate in history from Oxford, a sure hand with economic theory, and a journalist''s touch for capturing the telling detail, delivers an account that would be wildly entertaining if the story he was telling wasn''t so full of heartbreaking poverty, venality, corruption and violence."
"Untapped is John Ghazvinian''s riveting account and superb analysis of what African oil means to a fuel-hungry world and to the African nations involved."
"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."