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The Secret World of Oil by [Silverstein, Ken]
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“An engaging journey through the sector’s murkiest crevices, shot through with ill-concealed disgust at the corruption at its heart.”– Financial Times

“[A] fast-paced, colorful exposé”– The Nation

“Ken Silverstein’s sharp investigative reporting has again dragged a cast of shady operators into the public eye with his must-read book, The Secret World of Oil. Oil is the cause of so much pain in the world. As the fossil fuel industry tightens its grip on our warming planet, The Secret World of Oil names names, and exposes the brokers, lobbyists, and fixers who profit from the misery of millions and the accelerating pollution of the planet.”– Amy Goodman, host & executive producer, Democracy Now!

“Crude oil covers crude business practices. In this investigation journalist Ken Silverstein swims through this murky moral world.”– New Statesman

“Ken Silverstein is one of the best investigative journalists of his generation—or any generation. His latest book, The Secret World of Oil, is a masterpiece of revelation. With a deft combination of detail and color, Silverstein exposes the darkest shade of crude: the fixers and middlemen who arrange the deals that provide us with the oil we need to keep our cars running and our homes warm. As Silverstein shows, these deals enrich the kleptocrats of our world and make life worse, rather than better, for their unfortunate subjects. It is a shameful and captivating tale about a pipeline of corruption that we must fix.”– Peter Maass, author of Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil

“Much has been written about the oil industry, but Ken Silverstein provides an entirely new window into this vitally important universe. For the first time, we encounter the fixers, flacks, and traders behind the secretive deals that drive the industry and enrich its leading operators. After reading this book, you will never think about oil in the same way again.”– Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources

“Silverstein writes with keen reportorial objectivity but also understandable skepticism about...the frighteningly tyrannical hold that oil has on the free (and not-so-free) world. The book’s revelations make Wall Street corruption seem tame by comparison.”– Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ken Silverstein is a fellow of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He was a 2010-2012 Open Society Fellow. He served as Washington editor of Harper's magazine from 2006 to 2010. Previously on the staff of the Los Angeles Times, Silverstein has also written for Mother Jones, Wallpaper, Washington Monthly, the Nation, Slate, Salon, and many other publications.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2623 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Reprint edition (10 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L5S1BVS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #540,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has any interest in the way in which liberal democracies interact with (and the effect upon) resource-rich non-democratic (or pretend-democratic) countries should read the first five chapters of this book (the last two are of more interest to US domestic readers.) The first book I read on this subject was about Mr Five Percent, 25 years ago. It described events at the beginning of the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th that I thought of as fascinating history. The fact that at the beginning of the 21st Century we now have numerous Mr Five Percents in the guise of fixers, oil traders and corporations such as Glencore is eye-opening and this book, which is highly readable, throws light on what is, for the most part, a highly secretive world of self-enrichment which considers itself beyond the bounds of liberal Western ethics.
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Format: Paperback
In a sense, this book isn’t about oil at all, as it looks more at those who make their living on the fringes of the hydrocarbon industry: The traders, the lobbyists, the dictators and so forth, with each chapter focusing on a new character.

The result is a much more interesting book that it would have otherwise seemed at a glance with oil used as more of a connecting theme between them all. Much is said in passing about those who intermediate am fix these billion dollar deals that oil companies make, and those who lobby for and against them, but this actually looks at them in detail and portrays sides of the industry that are overlooked by most. A recommended read for anyone.
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Good price but quality of paper was poor would prefer to pay extra for better quality
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Great book and worth the read for anybody in the industry.
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