Joynes Speaker Series: Author Peter Maass discusses his book on the oil industry
Maass will discuss his new book on the oil industry, Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. Thursday, Oct 28 • 7:00 PM • Joynes Rm, CRD 007
Posted: August 31, 2010
Peter Maass recounts how the greed of Western oil companies, governments and consumers have propped up such vicious and corrupt dictatorships as that in Equatorial Guinea, where flights run nonstop from the destitute capital to Texas. The author's Toxic Tour of Ecuador uncovers more cause for concern, like the fact that more oil has been spilled into that country's rain forests and stretch of Amazon than were spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska. Reported from countries ranging from Russia to Nigeria, Maass's heartfelt and beautifully crafted book reveals how one of oil's darkly magical properties is that it erases inconvenient memories.
Peter Maass, a contributing writer for The New York TImes Magazine, has reported for years from the world’s warzones and oilfields, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. The award-winning author of Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil and Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, Maass will discuss the reasons and ways he writes about natural resources and global conflict. Maass is known for his narrative story-telling—using the language and pacing of fiction to write compelling non-fiction stories about the real world. He will explain the ways today’s journalists can make Americans pay attention to complicated problems beyond our borders.