The Eskimo and The Oil Man by Bob Reiss

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There are no smoking guns in “The Eskimo and the Oil Man,” no grand revelations, no solutions to the problems that persist in the Arctic, about ways to reconcile the old with the new.
-Alaska Dispatch

Synopsis

The Arctic century is upon us. A great jockeying for power and influence has erupted among nations in the high north. At stake are trillions of dollars in profit or loss, US security, geopolitical influence and the fate of a fragile environment as well as the region's traditional people. As the ice melts and oil companies venture north, the polar regions may become the next Panama Canal, the next Arabian Peninsula-places on earth that remain relatively unknown in one century and become pivotal in the next. Now Shell oil plans to sink exploratory wells in the pristine waters off the North Slope of Alaska-a site that the company believes contains three times as much oil as the Gulf of Mexico.
THE ESKIMO AND THE OIL MAN tells this story through the eyes of two men, one an Iñupiat Eskimo leader on Alaska's North Slope, the other the head of Shell Oil's Alaska venture. Their saga is set against the background of an undersea land rush in the Arctic, with Russian bombers appearing off Alaska's coast, and rapid changes in ice that put millions of sea mammals at risk. The men's decisions will affect the daily lives of all Americans, in their cities and towns and also in their pocketbooks. The story begins as a fight and ends with a surprise.
In the spirit of Thomas L. Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded, bestselling author Bob Reiss traveled in America's High North over three years and spent time with scientists, diplomats, military planners, Eskimo whale hunters and officials at the highest levels of the government. He traveled to remote villages and sailed on a US icebreaker.
THE ESKIMO AND THE OIL MAN reflects the issues dividing every American community wrestling with the balance between energy use and environmental protection, our love of cheap gas and the romance of pristine wilderness.

 

About Bob Reiss

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Bob Reiss is a New York based author and journalist, a former Chicago Tribune reporter and former correspondent for Outside Magazine. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Parade, Rolling Stone and other national publications. Reiss has published 14 novels under both his own name and the pseudonym Ethan Black.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Business Plus. 308 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Eskimo and The Oil Man
All: 7 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

A rewarding glimpse behind the Alaska oil headlines.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 02 2012

Despite the slightly deceptive title, Reiss offers a nuanced evaluation of the necessity of offshore drilling and ecological preservation.

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The Seattle Times

Below average
Reviewed by Hal Bernton on Jul 01 2012

As Reiss rushes past the why of global warming, he also misses the opportunity to examine a significant part of the environmental debate over offshore development in the Arctic.

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CNN Money

Below average
Reviewed by Tory Newmyer on Jun 08 2012

Given the richness of the subject matter and the quality of Reiss's reporting, I was disappointed with how frequently the storytelling fell down.

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Post and Courier

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Reviewed by Carlin Rosengarten on Jul 29 2012

The author supplies the reader with voices from all sides, so many that all the names, attributed quotes and organization acronyms risk drowning out the book’s significant points.

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Alaska Dispatch

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Reviewed by Ben Anderson on May 16 2012

There are no smoking guns in “The Eskimo and the Oil Man,” no grand revelations, no solutions to the problems that persist in the Arctic, about ways to reconcile the old with the new.

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AOL Energy

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Reviewed by Peter Gardett on May 25 2012

In reading his book though, it would have been nice to have been trusted a little bit more, and "edited down to" just a little less.

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