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The Eskimo and The Oil Man: The Battle at the Top of the World for America's Future

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The Arctic century is upon us. A great jockeying for power and influence has erupted among nations in the high north. At stake are trillions of dollars in profit or loss, US security, geopolitical influence and the fate of a fragile environment as well as the region's traditional people. As the ice melts and oil companies venture north, the polar regions may become the nex ...more
Published May 15th 2012 by Business Plus
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Oct 27, 2015 Griffin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm fascinated by the subject matter and wanted to like this impressive-sounding book, but found the author's writing careless, digressive, disjointed, and didactic. It's like the man never met a direct quote or non-sequitur he didn't like. He also gets fuzzy on certain facts (the U.S. actually has three, not one, polar-class icebreakers), lets subject-verb disagreements slip through with inexcusable regularity, and, after several years among them, describes North Slope Alaska Natives as "Inupia ...more
Dana Stabenow
A book that actually advocates that people on all sides of natural resource extraction and global warming issues in the Arctic, government, industry, Alaska Natives and environmentalists, stop yelling and start talking. Surprising, and refreshing.
Jon Box
Great read on the North Slope of Alaska, the Arctic, and all the issues at stake (financial, US security, geopolitical influence and environmental aspects) barreling our way to affect every American. Bob Reiss provides a captivating, open-minded, and critical review of the impacts of a changing Arctic as well as outlining the need for a bold national strategy for America to realize the promise of this extraordinary frontier. He does this from a personal standpoint, capturing the mixed emotions o ...more
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
I lived in Alaska during the time period this book was written and still didn't know a bunch of this. (My husband did, so maybe I just don't pay enough attention). I really enjoyed the perspective on both oil drilling, environmental issues, and global warning issues. The author tried very hard to be objective and for the most part succeeded. (There were maybe one too many quotes from Mead Treadwell, but that's a personal thing.) Highly recommended for anyone interested in oil/drilling/environmen ...more
Marty Adamson
Aug 23, 2012 Marty Adamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discusses the complexities of balancing interests on the north slope of Alaska near Barrow. Interested parties include native governments benefitting from oil revenues, native hunters, oil companies, environmental interests, federal regulatory agencies. Also emphasizes the US failure to adopt the Law of the Sea Treaty by which nations will stake claims to undersea territories in the Arctic Sea as the ice melts and makes mining and drilling more possible. The "Eskimo" is the native mayor of Barro ...more
Kevin Mccaffrey
as has been posited US does need to emulate Norways' method and eliminate all the BS involved when dealing with multitudinous US Gov't agencies sounds familiar?
Jul 06, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Great read, and enjoyable in the sense that Reiss' experience in researching and writing this book reached a conclusion based in the true path forward in compromise contrary to his environmentalist leanings.
Seamus McGraw
Apr 22, 2012 Seamus McGraw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nowhere are the stakes of America's desperate addiction to oil, our inattention to the very real consequences of a changing climate, and the disastrous effect of our political polarization on both of those issues higher than on America's rapidly expanding arctic frontier. Reiss does a good job of laying out not just the challenges, but also the obstacles for a country that is losing not just vast expanses of ice, but is also in danger of losing any common ground. Whether you believe that the cha ...more
Matt Heavner
Sep 11, 2012 Matt Heavner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is well written and very engaging. It hits on a theme for our country -- America's strength rests in compromise not in polarization. The focus on describing the tensions (and compromises) of energy, culture, and environment in the arctic is fantastic. I really had fun reading this book with so many names, people, and places that feel so familiar.
Jun 26, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a pleasure read, but definitely worth reading. Author admits he changed his mind on oil exploration/drilling as a result of his research/writing of this book. Very eye-opening read about our failed policy making and the ineffectiveness of governmental agencies.
Aug 29, 2012 Atzimba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about our past and ultimately our future. It has given me a new outlook on the oil industry and how much we truly depend on it every single day.
Jun 28, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW I loved it
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Bob Reiss (born 1951) is an American author of nonfiction and fiction books. Reiss, who also writes under the pen-names of Scott Canterbury, Ethan Black, and James Abel, has written more than a dozen books, including Purgatory Road, a murder mystery set in Antarctica, The Road to Extrema, a study of the destruction of Brazilian rain forests, and The Coming Storm, which focuses on global warming an ...more
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