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The new great game : blood and oil in Central Asia
Kleveman, Lutz.
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First edition.
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New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2003]

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viii, 287 pages ; 24 cm
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HD9576.C372 K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HD9576.C372 K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In the tradition of "The Prize," Kleveman gives readers the 21st-century chapter on the history, passion, and politics of oil and gas resources and the struggle to control them in a critical part of the world.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Conventional thinking on a possible confrontation between the U.S. and China assumes that the geography of conflict will be off of China's coast over the Taiwan issue or as competition for the Spratly Islands heats up. In his first book, veteran war correspondent Kleveman makes the intriguing argument that the challenge to U.S. primacy will in fact take place to the west of China's hinterland province Xingjiang over the resources of the energy-rich Caspian Sea and the surrounding Central Asian republics. The central thesis, that the U.S., China, Russia and Iran are now engaged in a New Great Game, a power struggle for control of the region's vast oil and gas reserves, is thinly woven through the narrative in what is largely a war zone travel diary. Kleveman, who readily admits his conviction that the recent war in Iraq was motivated by the interests of Houston oilmen, similarly treats the war on terrorism as little more than a pretext for the presence of U.S. troops in the region to secure oil interests and pipeline routes. Thus, the book gives the impression that Kleveman has selectively presented interviews with oil ministers and locals that lend his argument the most weight, while giving short shrift to those with opposing views. The work draws attention to a little understood and increasingly important part of the world where oil, Islam and terrorism converge to create havoc, but in the end, Kleveman fails to show that competition and not cooperation will mark the development of the region's resources. Agent, Emma Parry, Carlisle & Co. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

The Devil's Tears: An Introductionp. 1
Pipeline Poker: Baku's Oil Boomp. 11
Stalin's Legacy: Georgiap. 31
Bandits and Barons: Chechnyap. 51
The Big Pipeline: Decision in the Villa Petroleap. 66
The New Oil Dorado: Kazakhstanp. 74
The Waking Giant: Chinap. 96
Persian Trump Cards: Iranp. 116
Stalin's Disneyland: Turkmenistanp. 144
The Yankees Arrive: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstanp. 165
Pipe Dreams: Afghanistanp. 199
The Cradle of Terror: Pakistanp. 234
Angry Young Men: An Epiloguep. 255
Postscriptp. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Bibliographyp. 275
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 281