A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier

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Chicago Review Press, Jul 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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A gripping account of how the 50-year life of Nigeria has been shaped by the crude oil that flows from its Niger Delta, this chronicle is peopled with a cast of characters that is stranger than fiction--from the Area Boy gangsters of Lagos and the anti-imperialist militants in their swamp forest hideouts to the oil company executives in their office suites and a corrupt state governor who stashed a million dollars in cash in his west London penthouse. Part travelogue, part straightforward reportage, this cautionary tale for a world that runs on petroleum focuses on the chaos, violence, and politics surrounding oil in Nigeria. Revealing entanglements between Nigerian government officials and the global oil industry, this examination weaves an absorbing, illuminating, and often-surprising story.
 

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A SWAMP FULL OF DOLLARS: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier

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A dynamic exploration of the geopolitics of oil that link Nigeria with its two biggest customers, Great Britain and the United States, revealing the corruption and poverty—and vitality—that permeate ... Read full review

Contents

THE HUNDRED YEARS OIL WAR
1
LIVING AT THE OIL FRONTLINE
65
THE NEW GULF CONFLICT
135
The Hope of the World
201
Notes and Select Bibliography
207
Acknowledgements
209
Index
211
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