The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London
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Monday, September 23 at 7pm
Books Inc. 1760 4th St. Berkeley
Free and open to the publicsmoke_plumes_Oil_Road

Tuesday, September 24 at 7pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Free and open to the public

Mika Minio-Paluello and Anna Galkina present Platform’s book The Oil Road, now out in paperback.

Traveling from the oil fields of the Caspian to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe, Platform tracks the concealed routes along which the lifeblood of our economy is pumped. The stupendous wealth of Azerbaijani crude has long inspired dreams of a world remade. From the revolutionary Futurism of Baku in the 1920s to the unblinking Capitalism of modern London, the drive to control oil reserves – and hence people and events – has shattered environments and shaped societies. Yet communities on the fossil fuel frontline – Turkish fisherfolk and Kurdish farmers, Azeri activists and Georgian environmentalists, people resisting Chevron in Richmond and BP in Louisiana – are crucial to our common hope for a future beyond oil.

Anna Galkina (@annatation) shuttles between Russian activists and European investment banks, elucidating and challenging the financial flows into Arctic oil drilling. Previously she investigated oil-related corruption in Central Asia for Global Witness.

Mika Minio-Paluello (@mikaminio) is one of the authors of The Oil Road. Currently based between Cairo, London and Oakland, Mika is a sailor, beekeeper and writer who also provides support to communities resisting oil corporations.

What has been said of The Oil Road:

“★★★★★…The Oil Road opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” – Time Out (book of the week)  ”

“An elegantly written travel book…will make you think the next time you fill the tank.” – Financial Times

“Beautifully written as well as formidably well-informed…A pleasure to read” – Neal Ascherson, author of Black Sea
“As global powers scramble for the last of the world’s diminishing resources, comes this book – well researched and written with empathy, integrity and imagination. It is timely and much needed.” Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love