A Swamp Full of Dollars by Michael Peel
Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier

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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.


About Michael Peel

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The former West Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, Michael Peel is now the publication's legal correspondent. He has contributed articles on the region to a wide variety of publications, including the New Republic, the Christian Science Monitor, and the London Review of Books.
Published July 1, 2010 by Chicago Review Press. 252 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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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 that oil-rich country.

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