It's the Crude, Dude: Greed, Gas, War, and the American Way

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Nature - 384 pages

George W. Bush says he invaded Iraq to bring democracy to the Middle East. Some people believe that. But if you have nagging doubts, you'll be intrigued by the story unraveled in It's the Crude, Dude.

With all the drama of a thriller, Canadian bestselling author Linda McQuaig probes the mystery of what really lay behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq. She points to Washington's desire to gain control of the most spectacular untapped oil bonanza on Earth--even as rapidly dwindling worldwide oil reserserves threaten to turn competition for crude into the major international battleground of the future.

That battle has actually been raging for decades. Once tightly controlled by Big Oil, most of the world's oil reserves have been taken over by nationalistic regimes in the Middle East. Ever since those regimes imposed an oil embargo on the United States in the mid-1970s, Washington has been determined to regain control over oil--by force if necessary. With China's recent emergence as a voracious oil consumer, there soon won't be enough oil left to fuel two superpowers.

Against this backdrop--and the equally urgent problem of global warming--It's the Crude, Dude reminds us of the enormous consequences of our failure to curb our addiction to oil.

 

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Contents

Preface
1
1 Fort Knox Guarded by a Chihuahua
5
2 Along Comes Iraq
50
3 The Man to See
93
4 Revolution and Ice Cream in Caracas
124
the Tale of the SUV
144
6 The Great Anaconda
190
7 How Did Our Oil Get under Their Sand?
218
the Rise of opec
249
9 King of the Vandals
287
10 Vroooooom
312
Notes
336
Acknowledgements
362
Index
364
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Journalist and Canadian bestselling author Linda McQuaig has a reputation for challenging the establishment. Winner of Canada's National Newspaper Award and an Atkinson Fellowship for Journalism in Public Policy, she has written for The Globe and Mail, National Post, Montreal Gazette, and numerous national magazines. She now writes a weekly political column on the op-ed page of The Toronto Star.

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