Related Articles
Forward article link
Share PDF with colleagues

The Secret World of Oil book exposes the dark side of oil

The new book tries to shed light on some of the industry's darker corners. Review by Derek Brower

Oil is the world's most traded commodity. Getting it out of the ground, shipping it around the world and making money from the process is a dirty business, in which middlemen grease the palms of tyrants and lobbyists work behind the scenes to win political protection for the bad guys. If you want to trade oil, you need to leave your morals out of it. That, at least, is the premise of The Secret World of Oil, a new book by journalist Ken Silverstein, a fellow at the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Corruption is a 'constant' in the energy business, writes Silverstein. "Fixers funnel money to dictators to obtain concessions for oil companies, set up shell firms and fron

Also in this section
Opec and IEA diverge on world’s capacity cushion
13 July 2018
As trade tensions and disruptions ripple through the market, Opec and the IEA disagree on the risks to supply
Oil markets on the rise
10 July 2018
The oil-price recovery has helped to improve the outlook for oil and gas capital markets
Strategy v market dynamics
6 July 2018
Members must consider a host of complex issues as they wrestle with the problem of managing oil supply