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    Peter Maass(Author)

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Oil makes the world work. It has become so vital that even a small reduction in output can cause economic chaos. We know that our reliance on oil is potentially disastrous but what we are less clear about is the terrible damage it inflicts on the countries that produce it. The people who should benefit most from the riches of oil are, quite often, harmed by it.

Crude World offers a passionate look at some of the most awful places in the world - the violent, repressive and polluted countries where oil is extracted. Peter Maass follows the journey of oil and shows how the substance sullies so much of what it touches, poisoning land and rivers, promoting political bloodshed and creating corruption on a staggering scale. We tend to gauge the price of oil by its cost at the petrol station or its role in global warming, but Maass vividly shows an altogether different price paid by people who live in countries that are rich in petroleum but not wealth or freedom. He shows how the profits of oil benefit mainly the companies and governments that receive royalty cheques and will do more or less anything to sustain the flow of money.

From Nigerian fishermen to Moscow oligarchs, from American generals in Iraq to environmentalists in Ecuador, from British executives to Saudi jihadists, Peter Maass connects the dots and shows how our relationship to oil is so deadly. Crude World is a magnificent piece of reportage that reveals the price others pay for the lives we lead.

'Convincing . . . An absorbing account of the disastrous effect of oil wealth on nearly everyone.' --Kirkus

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Peter Maass(Author)
  • Allen Lane (1 Oct. 2009)
  • English
  • 9
  • Science & Nature

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  • By M. BARNETT on 6 January 2010

    This is the first book I have read on the subject of oil and I found it very interesting and revealing. There was not too much economic language used which may have complicated the book for me, and I found it very well written and that the author's views are really unique. I was glad that it was not just a rant against the oil companies and their employees but rather focussed on how the resource links itself to problems.I really enjoyed the way the book was set out in ten chapters, each one focussing on a different country which has been effected by oil. It has really generated a lot of enthusiasm for me with this topic and I will certainly read much more on it in the future.

  • By Manx_Giraffe on 25 November 2015

    In the form of a sort of whistle-stop tour around some of the world’s most troubled petroleum producing regions the author attempts to highlight with this book the inherent resource curse that seems to plague those states who find themselves oil-rich.Most of the time this is done from more of an outsiders perspective where the countries are reported on as if in a sort of news summary of the atrocities so far, but now and then someone concerned is interviewed such as the bored fundamentalist from Saudi Arabia or the exasperated geologist from Iraq, ant this is where the book really shines.Overall though, for the majority this is a fairly balanced, but standard affair.

  • By Allan Christensen on 30 August 2010

    Peter Maass certainly open our eyes for all the wrongs the multi-national oil companies are committing in the undeveloped states where there is oil to be found and extracted.UN's environmental body ought to take action and have an international law decided and implemented to protect these vulnerable areas of the world, the Oriente province and the Niger delta are lost for ever and the indigneous people harmed for life too.

  • By Matt on 12 September 2014

    I work in the O&G industry and this book came reccomended by a colleague, overall its a good read but the ending is rather abrupt and left me wanting a much better conclusion

  • By Philip Nelson on 23 April 2010

    This anecdotal book is fine as far as it goes, but it doesn't really address its own subtitle. Maybe that's not so much a fault of the author as the fact that oil and gas are still in plentiful supply - and undiminished demand. It will be some time before the "Twilight" arrives, and just how violent it is when it comes will be determined then. It's not a bad read, but not an earth-shaker!

  • By Miriana Ponte on 21 October 2010

    I bought this book for a friend who has spent a lifetime in politics and international trade and he tells me it is interesting and well-written. Better than that ....


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