• Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil by John Ghazvinian
  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishing Company (2007)
  • Nigeria, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tomé and Principe, Cameroon, Chad, and Sudan

When journalist John Ghazvinian found out that the United States might soon be getting as much as twenty-five percent of its imported oil from Sub-Saharan Africa, he set out on a six-month information gathering journey through twelve African nations. Ghazvinian’s narrative is filled with the history, facts, and back story of oil in Africa. His interviews with community activists, warlords, oil-rig workers, industry executives, villagers, and others provide insight into what Africa’s oil boom means for Africa, Africans, and the world.  

I really enjoyed this book, and feel much better educated about what will no doubt be an increasingly important issue in coming years. Ghazvinian’s interviews and anecdotes from his journey provide the real meat of this piece. The author helped me to understand that I am linked by the gas I put in my tank, to companies, professionals, equipment, the environment, and many serious human rights issues. Fascinating.