[Marxism] NEW TITLE FROM VERSO: Oil Road plus events

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THE OIL ROAD: JOURNEYS FROM THE CASPIAN SEA TO THE CITY OF LONDON

By JAMES MARRIOTT<http://www.versobooks.com/authors/760-james-marriott> AND MIKA MINIO-PALUELLO<http://www.versobooks.com/authors/761-mika-minio-paluello>


Published 20th SEPTEMBER 2012
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A journey along a controversial European pipeline becomes a profound exploration of the oil economy.

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In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe, James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello track the concealed routes along which flows the lifeblood of our economy. The stupendous resource of Azerbaijani crude has long inspired dreams of a world remade. From the revolutionary Futurism of the capital city, Baku, in the 1920s to the unblinking Capitalism of modern London, the drive to control the region’s oil reserves – and hence people and events – has shattered environments and shaped societies.
In THE OIL ROAD, the human scale of village life in the Caucasus Mountains and the plains of Anatolia is suddenly, and sometimes fatally, confronted by the almost ungraspable scale of the oil corporation BP. Pipelines and tanker routes tie the fraying social democracies of Italy, Austria and Germany to the repressive regimes of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. A web of financial and political institutions in London stitches together the lives of metropolis and village.
Building on a decade of study with Platform, MARRIOTT and MINIO-PALUELLO guide us through a previously obscured landscape of energy production and consumption, resistance and profit that has marked Europe for over a century. They blend the empathy of committed travel writing with the precision of investigative journalism in a timely book of compelling urgency.
The human race travels the Oil Road, and this book helps us to realize where we are heading and why it is time to change direction.
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PRAISE FOR THE OIL ROAD:

“Beautifully written as well as formidably well-informed…A pleasure to read” –  Neal Ascherson

"Brilliant in its passion and revelatory in its details—an inspiring act of political cartography that lays bare the 'carbon web' on which we all depend." – Robert MacFarlane

“Well researched and written with empathy, integrity and imagination…timely and much needed.' – Ahdaf Soueif

'This book is so masterful, so authoritatively researched and so elegantly written, that it succeeds in distilling a complex and changing "carbon web" of engineering companies, legal firms, oil corporations, financiers, and environmentalists into an intimate and engaging personal story.” – Suzi Gablik

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JAMES MARRIOTT is an artist, naturalist and activist, and co-author of The Next Gulf: London, Washington & the Oil Conflict in Nigeria.

Together with MIKA MINIO-PALUELLO, James is part of PLATFORM <http://www.platformlondon.org/> (http://www.platformlondon.org, a London-based arts, human rights and environmental justice organisation that has pioneered diverse and far reaching responses to issues of international importance for more than 25 years. Based on core values of solidarity, creativity and democracy, Platform combines art, activism, education and research to achieve long-term systemic goals.
As part of PLATFORM, JAMES MARRIOTT has co-created a wide range of intiatives from the Delta micro-hydro engineering project to the opera And While London Burns. He lives in London.

MIKA MINIO-PALUELLO provides research and campaigning support to communities resisting oil corporations. Currently based between London, Cairo and Oakland, Mika is a sailor, beekeeper, writer and tweets (@mikaminio) about power and resistance.

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ISBN: 9781844676460/$26.95 / £16.99/ 376 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/531-the-oil-road
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Academics can request an inspection copy. For further information please go to: http://www.versobooks.com/pg/desk-copies

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EVENTS:

Tuesday 18th September


Book launch:  DAUNT BOOKS<http://www.dauntbooks.co.uk/shops.asp?TAG=&CID=#shop1>, Marylebone

6:30-8pm
Please RSVP<mailto:james at platformlondon.org?subject=RSVP%20to%20Daunts%20Book%20Launch> to Platform


Thursday 4th October

LONDON REVIEW BOOKSHOP<http://www.lrbshop.co.uk>, Bloomsbury

With PAUL MASON (Author of WHY IT’S KICKING OFF EVERYWHERE: THE NEW GLOBAL REVOLUTIONS and MELTDOWN: THE END OF THE AGE OF GREED)

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