Authors on Tour
Edwin Black at Florida Atlantic University-Jupiter Chronicles How British Petroleum Made the Modern East
|Martin Barillas||January 29th 2013|
Bestselling author Edwin Black will chronicle the complex saga of how the oil giant British Petroleum invented the modern conflict-ridden Middle East at a Florida Atlantic University presentation 7 PM, February 5, at the Elinor Bernon Rosenthal Lifelong Learning Complex, John D. MacArthur Campus, Florida Atlantic University. The event, Petropolitics, Oil and the Middle East, caps a day of "oil and history" events with the author who first coined the term "petropolitics" in 2005.
The author says the lynchpin of BPâ€™s statecraft in the Mideast was the legendary but secret pact known as â€œThe Redline Agreement.â€ Black was the first to publish the secret agreement in his recent critically acclaimed book, â€œBritish Petroleum and the Redline Agreement: The West's Secret Pact to Get Mideast Oil.â€ The author was granted extraordinary unrestricted access to BPâ€™s corporate archives where he uncovered the documents.
â€œThe story of the Redline Agreement, the Westâ€™s secret pact to get Mideast oil,â€ says Black, â€œis a tortuous international escapade that travelled through World War I, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and a tense story of greed and personal conflict to secure control of Mideast oil fields, and the pipelines to carry the crude that were laced across Palestine and Syria.â€ The Washington Post, speaking of his historical research, said, â€œBlackâ€™s impressive analysis, which included looking at more than 50,000 original documents and hundreds of scholarly books and articles ... explains why the West's record in the region so complicates nation-building there today ... Many readers may find the breadth of analysis too ambitious.â€ See more information about the Redline Agreement here, and a the book trailer here.
The main evening event follows two campus sessions for students. A morning session "The History of Oil Addiction and a Plan for Interruption" is based on the award-winning bestseller Internal Combustion--How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives. Internal Combustion won four major editorial awards: Best Book by American Society of Journalists and Authors, a Rockower, the Green Globes, and the Thomas Edison Award. See more information about Internal Combustion here.
The afternoon event for students is a special presentation, How to Make a Difference in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric designed to "help journalists and writers penetrate the fog and smoked mirrors of energy information."
Black, author of the million-copy bestseller IBM and the Holocaust, is a popular speaker in South Florida, but has never spoken in Jupiter.
The FAU-Jupiter event kicks off a week-long, four-campus tour which includes visits to Florida International University, Broward College and the University of Miami. Further information about Blackâ€™s Florida tour can be found at http://www.edwinblack.com/index.php?page=10190. For tickets or specifics on the FAU-Jupiter presentation, call 561.799.8821 or visit www.llsjupiter.com.