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Crude World

Monday, September 28, 2009

Peter Maass, a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, explains the consequences of our addiction to oil. In Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, he presents the problems oil has created around the world, from Saudi Arabia to Venezuela to Guatemala and Nigeria.

Events: Peter Maass will be reading
Monday, September 28th, 7:00 pm
The Half King
505 West 23rd Street at Tenth Avenue

Peter Maass will be reading and signing books
Thursday, October 1st, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Upper West Side
2289 Broadway at 82nd Street

Guests:

Peter Maass

Comments [4]

john from office

Len, all wars are over resources. That is how you sit in your offcie with the lights on. Think about it.

Sep. 28 2009 12:29 PM
S Block from NYC

Maass is wrong, which is sad.

Kuwait was not about oil. It was about money and power. If the US wanted oil, it could have supported lifting the sanctions against Iraq: Iraq would have been perfectly happy to sell its oil at market prices.

Rather, the US took a principled stand against Iraq despite that it deprived the US of Iraqi oil. The US did not wish to see Saddam Hussein rewarded economically for stealing Kuwait's oil.

This argument is obvious and not subtle: how does Maass miiss it?

Sep. 28 2009 12:27 PM
ebun from fort greene

My mother grew up during colonia rule and has seen how oil has destroyed the soul of our beloved Nigeria, when we talk, she mentions praying to God that the oil in Nigeria dry up. Not sure what the implications will be for both Nigeria and the world at large, so sad.

PS. Thanks for recomending Robert Musil's "The man without qualities" what a great book.

Sep. 28 2009 12:15 PM
JB

Will his reading at the Half King include an open bar or will it be a cash bar?

Sep. 28 2009 11:54 AM

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