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The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia Paperback – August 10, 2004
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A well-argued, well-observed journey into a little-known area likely to be of much importance in days to come." -- Kirkus Reviews
"An urgent, vigorous insight into a vital issue of the new century. Undertaken with clear sight and bulldog energy." -- Colin Thubron, Author of The Lost Heart of Asia
"Kleveman's odyssey reveals that this conflict is just one front in a global oil war." -- Jonathan Kaplan, author of The Dressing Station
"Part reportage part essay, written with journalistic wit .A book that will provide us with ideas and analysis for some years." -- Riccardo Orizio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But what I really loved about The New Great Game is the amazing journey the author took me on! He actually traveled to all the countries he writes about, often risking his neck, from Chechnya to Afghanistan. This is first-hand reporting at its best, really allowing the reader to see, hear, smell, and feel the places and people Kleveman encounters - be they warlords or oil tycoons. Some of them I will not forget in a long time. And all the while Kleveman keeps his sharp eye and clear mind for who and what is important for the oil story.
I seriously and whole-heartedly recommend this wonderful book!
Kleveman definitely traveled to many intriguing and downright dangerous locations while researching the book. He met with opposition leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan, dictators and demagogues in the former Central Asian Soviet Republics (including the bizarre personality cult in Turkmenistan and the shamefully overlooked human rights violators of U.S. ally Uzbekistan), and oil company plutocrats in Azerbaijan and Russia. Kleveman also took very intriguing forays into the not-so-axis-of-evil stability of Iran, and the obscure Uighur lands of Western China.Read more ›
Ever feel that the Bush administration's is hijacking the War on Terror to pursue U.S. oil interests in Iraq and Central Asia? Well, the journalist Lutz Kleveman traveled to the frontlines and oil fields to find out. What he discovered on his fascinating journeys from the Caucasus all the way down to Afghanistan is eye-opening..
And what an adventure tale this book is, too! The author beautifully weaves his bold political analysis into gripping travel writing. His encounters with the power players in the region, be they Russian oil bosses or Afghan warlords, make for a great read. I enjoyed every page of it!
Knowing that he got wrong some simple facts that it would have been very easy to check, I have to question the rest of the book. What else is he stating as fact with little or no verification?
Also, the author's opinion and agenda are apparent. The book is not objective. If you bear these points in mind the book can allow some insight into, say, why the Russians are so adamant to hang on to Chechnya, etc. But, as another reviewer said, you can get the same information by reading the newspaper; probably with a broader scope and less bias.
One of the things I've learned more about is the oil and gas industry. From visiting the reasons for our oil dependency as shown at the Petersen Auto Museum in LA, which chronicles the rise of the automobile and visiting the largest Toyota (Camry) plant in the US in Kentucky. Continuing to where oil is sourced by crisscrossing Texas, visiting Spindletop (Where oil was first found in Texas) and the refineries of East Texas, exploring natural gas rich Qatar, visiting the wealth of the UAE, or seeing the price of cheap oil in Jakarta, Indonesia I feel I am a little more informed than most.
Since returning home I watched the entire 4 VHS set of the Prize by Daniel Yergin which covers the entire modern oil industry (1850s-present). As I was at the library looking for other books on resources I came across the New Great Game.
Once I started, I could not let it down.
Mr. Kleveman engages the reader immediately. He talks with so many influential people and visits every country in the region that one can't but help realize that he knows his stuff. All of these countries (Mostly the Stans of Central Asia) are well off the travel map for tourists. His first hand on the ground research is of much value and illuminates the players and the intricacies of the area from both a historical and oil standpoint.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding reporting of the reemergence of a centuries old "Great Game" played for political supremacy of Central Asia. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AC Katen
Kleveman has spent a lot of time in the Caspian region, and it shows. The book is well-researched from a historical/political perspective, but it also offers outstanding... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dan Mayland
good for bedtime reading...will put you to sleep, but excellent information and worthwhile readingPublished 16 months ago by Randi
Rather on the sensationalist side, but yet fact or rumour filled fast paced stories. Even if 50% are true still exciting enough: How do these countries get their ressources out,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joe6Pack
Anyone with half a brain has already realized that the reasons for our deployment in the mid east is centered around these petroleum products and their conveyances. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Amazing piece of work and research on the entire (and I do mean ENTIRE) length and breadth of Central Asia covering all the lands named -stan as well as the major powers (US,... Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Brian Maitland
History does repeat itself. Following in the footsteps of the great game players we have integrated our own clumsily attempts at imperialism. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Daniel G. Vondermock
Mr.Kleveman is full of crap and the worst part is he knows this. If he were able to write this without such ill will for industrialized nations, it might have been good.Published on March 16, 2011 by Nirad Oknamor