`Now that oil is Africa's leading export, Duncan Clarke's incisive, comprehensive study of African crude could not be timelier. With his background in energy and development economics, he is pre-eminent in the field. No other writer matches his unique knowledge of the global energy industry and Africa's historical, political and economic oil context. Clarke's insights into contemporary policy, poverty, corporate strategies and African geopolitics make this book required reading for energy industry executives, investment analysts and African policy-makers, diplomats, donor agencies, banks and international lenders. He provides a robust riposte to those pundits in think tanks and international financial institutions for whom oil is a `resource curse', solely responsible for regional wars and civil unrest. Instead, he believes, given appropriate institutions, oil and gas "could and should be central to Africa's reconstruction." Very good stuff.'
-- Professor Tony Hawkins, correspondent for the Financial Times
"A highly accomplished work and must-read on Africa and its political economy of oil, written with passion, dedication and understanding...Clarke peppers an original narrative with wry humour, combative prose and well-chosen vignettes drawn from travels to 44 African countries...an outstanding work of reference to delight even old Africa hands."
-- Barry Morgan, Upstream
'If I need to know anything about oil in Africa, I go straight to Crude Continent' -- Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society
Few people are better qualified to write about African oil than Duncan Clarke.....this is much more than just another book about oil. Clarke's experience and grasp of the history of African oil and its recent growth is captured in this astute study... -- Tony Hawkins, Financial Times, September 27, 2008
`Crude Continent matches its ambition, tackling a subject that has baffled, frustrated and confused...The journey with him around Africa is like being shown around the bush by a top safari guide, who offers an always brilliant and stimulating account of the natural world, forcing the listener to look afresh...he provides original analysis and passionate views, which are never dull and always thought-provoking, in a closely argued account informed by an unrivalled knowledge of Africa's oil industry. This is no journey for softies, as Clarke's 'intuition' tells him that resolving "Africa's underdevelopment will be a Herculean task for maybe a century of so, even with the Wisdom of Solomon."' -- Michael Holman, former Africa editor, Financial Times
Few people are better qualified to write about African oil than Duncan Clarke.....this is much more than just another book about oil. Clarke's experience and grasp of the history of African oil and its recent growth is captured in this astute study...