The Oil Curse

The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations

“The Oil Curse” shows why oil wealth typically creates less economic growth than it should; why it produces jobs for men but not women; and why it creates more problems in poor states than in rich ones. It also warns that the global thirst for petroleum is causing companies to drill in increasingly poor nations,… Read more »

Poisoned Wells the Dirty Politics of African Oil

Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil

In “Poisoned Wells”, Nicholas Shaxson exposes the root causes of this paradox of poverty from plenty, and explores the mechanisms by which oil causes grave instabilities and corruption around the globe. Shaxson is the only journalist who has had access to the key players in African oil, and is willing to make the connections between… Read more »