The Race for What's Left by Michael Klare
The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources

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...meticulously researched account of the coming shortage of natural resources
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From Michael Klare, the renowned expert on natural resource issues, an invaluable account of a new and dangerous global competition

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion—a crisis that goes beyond "peak oil" to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With all of the planet's easily accessible resource deposits rapidly approaching exhaustion, the desperate hunt for supplies has become a frenzy of extreme exploration, as governments and corporations rush to stake their claim in areas previously considered too dangerous and remote. The Race for What's Left takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country's flag on the North Pole seabed to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia, China, and other food-importing nations.

As Klare explains, this invasion of the final frontiers carries grave consequences. With resource extraction growing more complex, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe; the Deepwater Horizon disaster is only a preview of the dangers to come. At the same time, the intense search for dwindling supplies is igniting new border disputes, raising the likelihood of military confrontation. Inevitably, if the scouring of the globe continues on its present path, many key resources that modern industry relies upon will disappear completely. The only way out, Klare argues, is to alter our consumption patterns altogether—a crucial task that will be the greatest challenge of the coming century.


About Michael Klare

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Michael Klare is the author of books including Resource Wars, Blood and Oil, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet and The Race for What's Left. A regular contributor to Harper's, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense analyst for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst.
Published March 13, 2012 by Metropolitan Books. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Current Affairs, Business & Economics, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 13 2011

...the book is a provocative, important addition to the literature of resource issues.

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Dec 12 2011

...meticulously researched account of the coming shortage of natural resources

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Reviewed by Lawrence Wittner on Mar 30 2012

Michael Klare’s outstanding book -- exhaustively-researched, beautifully-written, and convincingly-argued -- helps move this vital project forward.

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