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Blood of the Earth: The Battle for the World's Vanishing Oil Resources
by Dilip Hiro
China is now the world's second largest energy consumer, trailing only behind America. And India has moved up into the fourth place behind Russia, after overtaking Japan in 2001. Dramatically changing the geopolitics of oil in the new century, China and India are rapidly expanding their navies as they become increasingly dependent on lines of oil tankers from the Middle Ea ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 21st 2006 by Nation Books
(first published November 30th 2006)
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Nov 22, 2009 Sophie rated it 4 of 5 stars
A lot more interesting than I was expecting. Dilip starts with a history lesson on the beginnings of oil, and moves in to how oil has been vital to political history, particularly since WWI. I found this section the most fascinating, because it looked at world events from a perspective that was completely new to me. As the time line approaches the new millennium, the energy crisis and alternative energy sources are discussed. (It's a pretty depressing 150 pages.) Definitely read it before the ed ...more
This is fine journalism, kind of like a long, unpolished piece from the Christian Science Monitor. At times, one does hope for a little more flair, but Hiro does manage to give a competent run-down on the geo-political history of oil and the massive shitstorm we face on the horizon.