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  • Published: 15 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099541738
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $24.99

Fuel on the Fire

Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq




A revelatory account of how oil has shaped politics and worsened violence in occupied Iraq.

Oil lies at the heart of Iraqi politics. Yet in the eight years since the bombs began to fall on Baghdad it has been a taboo subject. In Greg Muttitt’s gripping and far-reaching investigation we are taken behind the scenes of the occupation to answer one of the war’s most pressing questions: what is happening to Iraq’s oil?

In public the USA and Britain strenuously deny any self-interest. In private, however, they tell a different story. Drawing on hundreds of unreleased government documents and extensive interviews with senior American, British and Iraqi officials and oilmen, Fuel on the Fire reveals how the occupying powers have sought to return Iraq’s oil industry to multinational companies - for the first time since it was nationalised in the early 1970s.

But America and Britain failed to take into account the determination of the Iraqis themselves - of civil society groups as well as senior oil experts – to keep production in the public sector. The attempts to impose a Western oil agenda regardless have dragged the country into ever deeper violence and continue to shape not just Iraq but the future of energy supplies and Anglo-American military strategy.

Fuel on the Fire is vital to our understanding of the war in Iraq and its consequences. It documents the clash between cultures and strategic interests. It reverberates with echoes of our imperial past and of our tragic failure to learn the lessons of history.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099541738
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Greg Muttitt

Greg Muttitt is a recognised international expert on Iraqi oil policy, and has written extensively on the subject. Since 2003, he has tracked how western oil interests have pursued their agenda through the occupation of Iraq. His work is well known in Iraq and in the international anti-war movement, and has had a central influence on the policy debate in Baghdad. He studied Physics and Philosophy at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. He lives in London.


Praise for Fuel on the Fire

“Nothing short of a secret history of the war”

Naomi Klein

“Set to turn our understanding of the war on its head”

Independent

“The Iraqi civil society voices resound with dignity in this brilliant, comprehensive account”

New Internationalist

“Excellent... A textbook example of how international pressures are put upon politicians to get them to buckle”

Guardian

“Muttitt reveals the sheer persistence of the occupying powers in forcing the fledgling state to hand over its oil to foreign companies”

David Hencke, Tribune

“Fuel On The Fire shows that a desire for influence over oil supply and contracts shaped the attack on and occupation of Iraq”

Solomon Hughes, Morning Star

“A cracking read. This book lifts the lid on what many suspected - the West's need to grab Iraq's gigantic oil reserves was the main driver of the Bush-Blair war agenda. A compelling read, brilliantly researched, revealing how the oilmen colluded with politicians trying to outwit a determined Iraqi people traumatised in the aftermath of the invasion”

David Hencke, Former Westminster Correspondent, Guardian

“Greg Muttitt has done a great service with this painstakingly researched, timely book. Armed with a great depth of knowledge of oil, modern Iraq, and international politics, he reveals an untold and largely unknown facet of the occupation of Iraq, giving us a picture that is that is illuminating, informative and objective. On a subject where truth was the first casualty, this book is the closest to that truth”

Tareq Y. Ismael, Professor of Political Science, University Of Calgary

“Muttitt reveals the sheer persistence of the occupying powers in forcing the fledgling state to hand over its oil to foreign companies”

David Hencke, Tribune


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