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Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World

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Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalization and ammunition. Resource-fueled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West-and the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the gas station and the mall.Go behind the headlines in search of the hidden global rule that thwarts democracy and development-and that puts shoppers into business with some of today's most dangerous men. What kinds of practical strategies can we do to upgrade and redial world trade? Are their new ways to make us more secure at home, more trusted abroad, and better able to solve pressing global problems like climate change?

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