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A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier Hardcover – July 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569762864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569762868
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this long-awaited book, Peel has told the history of Nigeria and oil in a way that makes this important subject accessible to all. In doing so, he has done a service to everyone who is interested in development and in Africa."  —Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate, economics



"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."  —Kirkus Reviews



"A fascinating insight into Africa’s wild west."  —Giles Foden, author, The Last King of Scotland

About the Author

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.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daisy B. on August 18, 2010
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The plunder by large oil companies in petroleum-rich Nigeria is a warning to the U.S., which receives the lion's share of Nigeria's oil exports. Michael Peel tells a fascinating story of what he discovered when traveling through Nigeria as an investigative reporter. Gangsters, corrupt officials, militias, greedy corporations, political, social, and economic chaos--and oil spills far larger than the BP disaster that wreaked havoc in America. As U.S. citizens we should know as much about this crisis as as our domestic spill--this book will open your eyes!
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Peel does an excellent job of trying to capture the mess that is today's Nigeria. The history, the corruption, the creativity. Such a wealth of possibilities in the 60's sidelined by so many built in negatives that worked against its becoming the Star of Africa. I lived there from 64-66 and visited in '72.

My only complaint against the book is its small type. I don't need glasses for reading, but this book was a challenge at times.
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