Nicholas Shaxson

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Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil

book | 2008
World → Palgrave Macmillan

Each week the oil and gas fields of sub-Saharan Africa produce well over a billion dollars worth of oil, an amount that far exceeds development aid to the entire African continent. Yet the rising tide of oil money is not promoting stability and development, but is instead causing violence, poverty, and stagnation. It is also generating vast corruption that reaches deep into American and European economies.

In Poisoned Wells, 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.

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