All that Glitters was published to mark the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 European Games in Baku.
The inaugural European Games Baku 2015 are about much more than medals. Held in Azerbaijan at the height of a systematic crackdown on human rights and democracy, the Games are the first of a series of international sporting events the country is hosting.
All That Glitters explores how these Games belong to Azerbaijan’s Aliyev regime and the British oil company BP and how sport is being co-opted in the service of a dynasty and fossil fuels.
So provocative that author Emma Hughes was banned from Azerbaijan on the eve of the Games.
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A sequel to Platform’s ‘The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London’ (Verso, 2012), this publication returns readers to Azerbaijan’s capital, where a new generation of lawyers, journalists, politicians and activists is struggling for its country’s freedom. All That Glitters unpicks the heady mix of sport, repression and hydrocarbons that is blinding the world to the grim reality behind the showcase of Baku.