Poisoned Wells

Poisoned Wells Each Week The Oil And Gas Fields Of Sub Saharan Africa Produce Over A Billion Dollars Worth Of Oil, Yet This Rising Tide Of Money Is Not Promoting Stability Or Development But Instead Is Causing Violence, Poverty And Stagnation Poisoned Wells Exposes The Root Causes Of This Paradox Of Poverty From Plenty. OILS NOT WELL Posioned Wells is the first book by the author of that excellent exposition of Tax Havens Treasure Islands The subject of this book is the experience of West African oil producing countries, with particular focus on the question of why these repositories of vast mineral wealth have not been able to direct their wealth into meaningful and sustained development.While there is certainly a degree of generalising on these countries experiences, the format the book takes is that o OILS NOT WELL Posioned Wells is the first book by the author of that excellent exposition of Tax Havens Treasure Islands The subject of this book is the experience of West African oil producing countries, with particular focus on the question of why these repositories of vast mineral wealth have not been able to direct their wealth into meaningful and sustained development.While there is certainly a degree of generalising on these countries experiences, the format the book takes is that of focusing on a particular individual, and relating the story of each country through their experiences Shaxsons Motley crew are the flamboyant Nigerian musician and somewhat singular opposition figure Fela Kuti, and his fellow Nigerian Dokubo Asari, a militia leader from the Niger D
This was an insightful read into how, in the absence of strong measures to ensure good governance, African oil wealth has, for the most part, only generated corruption The author looked at each country that had, up to the time of publication, discovered oil within its borders or near its shores and examined the role multi nationals, international persons of influence and political or military leaders played in diverting the wealth from going toward the greater good of all the people Shaxson This was an insightful read into how, in the absence of strong measures to ensure good governance, African oil wealth has, for the most part, only generated corruption The author looked at each country that had, up to the time of publication, discovered oil within its borders or near its shores and examined the role multi nationals, international persons of influence and political or military leaders played in diverting the wealth from going toward the greater good of all the people Shaxson makes the point tha
I liked the book, easy to read and very interesting about the politics of oil in africa i m not sure i agree with him that the real issue is corruption or with his recommendation for how to fix it, but I
A really interesting book about the dirty politics of African oil the role that oil money has played in enabling some of the worst African dictators Obiang, Abacha, etc and creating incredibly distorted societies where, for example, the Gabon has the world s highest per capita consumption of French champagne, alongside desperate poverty The author is a reporter, and it reads like journalism, which is a strength and weakness neat, lively stories but without scholarly rigor and with sign A really interesting book about the dirty politics of African oil the role that oil money has played in enabling some of the worst African dictators Obiang, Abacha, etc and creating incredibly distorted societies where, for example, the Ga
I tried and tried, but I just couldn t manage to finish this Even so, I am giving it three stars because it s informative and well written, but There s far too much detail in here for someone seeking a general overview of the topic I d have needed a degree in contemporary African politics to keep all the places and people straight I also didn t like the structure of the book, where each chapter is about a person who is somehow tied to or embodies the evil that oil has wrough
This book on the exploitation of Africa details the natural resource curse on Africa that because of its abundant oil minerals, the corrupt elite flourish with no incentive to keep the people happy What differentiates this book from other working papers studies is the author s reporting experience in a vast swathe of the continent which he uses to write 10 case
Certainly not an academic text by any means The author, a journalist, was clearly looking for a storytelling outlet where he could be less than poltically correct You kind of get the feeling he s not alway
This is aanecdotal overview of the rush for African oil to exploit by outside corporations and countries It is an easy read and a good intro I am preferring otheracademic books on the subject. Shaxson has undeniable cred in the world of African oil He has a million stories and as many leads on corruption in that world but the names, countries and scandals most of which are complex defeated me I couldn t keep them separate I quit 2 3rds into the book. very good

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  • Hardcover
  • 280 pages
  • Poisoned Wells
  • Nicholas Shaxson
  • English
  • 14 September 2017
  • 1403971943