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Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil

By Peter Maass

The catastrophic oil spill within the Gulf of Mexico has introduced new consciousness to the large expenses of our oil dependence. during this beautiful and revealing e-book, Peter Maass examines the social, political, and environmental effect of petroleum at the nations that produce it.

Every unsatisfied oil-producing state is sad in its personal approach, yet all are touched through the “resource curse”—the strength of oil to exacerbate current difficulties and create new ones. Peter Maass provides a brilliant portrait of the global oil has created. From Saudi Arabia to Equatorial Guinea, from Venezuela to Iraq, the tales of rebels, royalty, middlemen, environmentalists, indigenous activists, and CEOs—all deftly and sensitively presented—come jointly during this startling and crucial account of the implications of our habit to oil.

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Thinking About Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, Prospects

By Michael Quinlan

The booklet displays the author's event throughout greater than 40 years in assessing and forming coverage approximately nuclear guns, regularly at senior degrees with reference to the centre either one of British governmental decision-making and of NATO's improvement of plans and deployments, with a lot interplay additionally with related degrees of usa task within the Pentagon and the kingdom division. half I of the publication seeks to distill, from this remarkable historical past of functional adventure, uncomplicated conceptual methods of knowing the revolution led to by way of nuclear guns. It additionally surveys NATO's innovative improvement of pondering nuclear deterrence, after which discusses the deep ethical dilemmas posed - for all attainable standpoints - by way of the life of such guns. half II considers the dangers and prices of nuclear-weapon ownership, together with proliferation hazards, and appears at either winning and unsuccessful principles approximately tips on how to deal with them. half III illustrates particular concerns by means of reviewing the heritage and present rules of 1 fashioned possessor, the uk, and more moderen ones, India and Pakistan. half IV turns to the long run, examines the objective of ultimately abolishing all nuclear armouries, after which discusses the sensible schedule, wanting this sort of objective, which governments can usefully take on in lowering the dangers of proliferation and different risks whereas no longer surrendering in advance the war-prevention merits which nuclear guns have introduced on the grounds that 1945.

This ebook is a undertaking of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme at the altering personality of struggle.

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