Three books to buy: BP & Deepwater Horizon, India Rising and land grabs

Here are three excellent books for summer reading. I’m trying to read all three at once, unsuccessfully.

I’ve read enough of each to recommend them though:

1) Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Here’s the marketing schtick:
“Having reported on business and the energy industry for nearly a decade, Abrahm Lustgarten uses interviews with key executives, former government investigators, and whistle-blowers along with his exclusive access to BP’s internal documents and emails to weave a spellbinding investigative narrative of hubris and greed well before the gulf oil spill.”

2) The Landgrabbers (His book on water/rivers is also excellent reading)

“Fred Pearce lifts the lid on the most profound ethical, environmental, economic and social issue in the world today: How City Financiers, Chinese billionnaires, oil sheiks and agribusiness are buying up our hungry, crowded world.”

3) India Rising: Tales from a Changing Nation: Travels in Modern India (Oliver writes regularly for Ethical Corporation)

“Oliver Balch takes the voices and stories of everyday Indians and presents a fresh, vivid, highly personalised account of the changes as they are unfolding. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, Balch leads readers off the tourist trail and onto the streets of modern day India.”


  1. jimbo

    Doesn't Oliver Balch work for Ethical Corporation? No doubt the book is great, but best to put in conflict of interest statement.

  2. Hi Jimbo, he's a freelance writer.

    He does write for us regularly though.

    Fred Pearce has also spoken at one of our conferences.

    Not sure there is a conflict of interest here but I guess I could have said that he writes for us.

    Thanks for the sharp eyes. Best,


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