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
Via "The Investor's Field Guide" podcast | I’ve often heard that good investors are a bit like journalists: doggedly collecting evidence and building an understanding of how all the pieces of a company or investment fit together. My guest this week is one of my favorite writers and journalists, Bethany McLean. Across her career, Bethany… more
Via WNYC | For this week's Please Explain, Emily Witt, journalist and author of Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire, explains all things Nollywood. Nollywood began in Nigeria in the 1990s and has grown into one of the most recognized cultural centers of the world, producing more movies every year than Hollywood. Witt's book takes readers on a… more
Via WNYC, Guest host Arun Venugopal speaks with journalist Will Doig about his new book, High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia. Today, China owns a network of 14,000 miles of high-speed rail, far more than the rest of the world combined, and it is now pushing its railway expansion further into Southeast Asia. The… 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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