Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking And How It's Changing The World, Bethany McLean Bestselling author Bethany McLean digs deep into the cycles of boom and bust that have plagued the American oil industry for the past decade, from the financial wizardry and mysterious death of fracking pioneer Aubrey McClendon, to the investors who are questioning the very economics of shale itself. McLean finds that fracking is a business built on attracting... more
High-Speed Empire, Will Doig "Money talks, and China has it. This vividly observed report shows how Chinese money—both governmental and private—is transforming Southeast Asia." —Andrew J. Nathan, "Illuminating study of China's ambitious efforts to extend its influence in Southeast Asia by means of a high-speed rail system." —Kirkus Reviews, “A richly textured portrait of how China’s infrastructural diplomacy is changing the urban face of its neighbors... more
Journalist Bethany McLean digs deep into the cycles of boom and bust that have plagued the American oil industry for the past decade, from the financial wizardry and mysterious death of fracking pioneer Aubrey McClendon, to the investors who are questioning the very economics of shale itself. McLean finds that fracking is a business built on attracting ever-more gigantic amounts of capital investment, while promises of huge returns have yet to bear out. Saudi America tells a remarkable story that will persuade you to think about the power of oil in a new way.
Best known for coining the phrase “net neutrality” and his book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, Tim Wu has a new book coming out in November called The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. In it, he argues compellingly for a return to aggressive antitrust enforcement in the style of… more
Pipe Dreams, Erin Banco"Investigative reporter Erin Banco reveals the complicated conspiracies keeping the richness of Iraqi oil from trickling down to the general populace.... This is the way that big oil wants it.... Rather than sharing the wealth from oil, the displaced Iraqi citizenry is generally poorer than it was before.... Banco's reportage vividly shows the human toll that deceit and subterfuge have taken on a land so rich in natural resources." —Kirkus Reviews... more
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