A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria’s Oil Frontier
A gripping account of how the 50-year life of Nigeria has been shaped by the crude oil that flows from its Niger Delta, this chronicle is peopled with a cast of characters that is stranger than fiction—from the Area Boy gangsters of Lagos and the anti-imperialist militants in their swamp forest hideouts to the oil company executives in their office suites and a corrupt state governor who stashed a million dollars in cash in his west London penthouse. Part travelogue, part straightforward reportage, this cautionary tale for a world that runs on petroleum focuses on the chaos, violence, and politics surrounding oil in Nigeria.
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Revealing entanglements between Nigerian government officials and the global oil industry, this examination weaves an absorbing, illuminating, and often-surprising story