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Seizing Power: The Grab for Global Oil Wealth


Praise for Seizing Power: The Grab for Global Oil Wealth

"In Seizing Power, Robert Slater takes a whole new slant on the oil issue, offering for the first time an analysis of how the ongoing oil crisis could trigger increased turbulence, even violence between the new breed of petroaggressors. He explains in clear language with lots of powerful anecdotes how a wide range of 'second tier' countries in Africa and Asia are suddenly competing for and acquiring vast oil wealth and power. A must-read for those wondering how these new oil actors are reacting to a much tougher oil environment."
Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman Emeritus, Simmons & Company International; author of Twilight in the Desert

Seizing Power takes a look at the shifting balance of today's global oil power. In it, New York Times bestselling author Robert Slater explores the motives of international petroaggressors such as Russia's Vladimir Putin, Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and others whose natural resources and hunger for power and money have left us with difficult choices.

With oil prices soaring and the world's oil supply depleting, Seizing Power raises the critical question of whether the petroaggressors' increased oil wealth, due to higher oil prices, might mean greater violence among the old and new oil powers.

If you want to gain a better understanding of today's shifting global oil power structure, and its implications for tomorrow, then read Seizing Power. With it, you'll quickly discover the real-world risks, and possible resolutions, surrounding this dynamic arena.

Robert Slater has written about such major business personalities as George Soros, Jack Welch, and Bill Gates. His books have appeared on the BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller lists. Slater lives in Israel and New York.

Introduction: The Parable of São Tomé.

1 Edging Toward Violence and Chaos.

2 Two African Oil Nations: A Study in Contrasts.

3 China Invades Africa.

4 Power in the Desert: The Gulf and the Middle East.

5 Testing the Oil System: The War, the Embargo, and Spare Capacity.

6 The History of Oil and the American Dream.

7 Ethics and Oil.

8 Hedging: Insurance or Speculation?

9 How Much Oil Is Left . . . and How Willing Is the United States to Drill for It?

10 Oil for the Lamps of China . . . and India.

11 Power Shift.

12 Russia: Putin's War Against the Oligarchs.

13 Iran: Arrogance as an Oil Strategy.

14 Venezuela: The World According to Chávez.

15 Brazil and Petrobras: A National Oil Company in a Better World.

16 After the Power Shift: Where Will It All Lead?

List of Chapter Opening Illustrations.

About the Author.