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Arbogast, Stephen V. Resisting Corporate Corruption: Lessons in Practical Ethics from the Enron Wreckage. Salem, MA: M & M Scrivener Press, 2008.

Auty, Richard. Sustaining Development in Mineral Economies: The Resource Curse Thesis. London: Routledge, 1993.

Azaiki, Steve S. Oil, Gas and Life in Nigeria. Ibadan, Nigeria: Y-Books, 2007.

Azevedo, Mario J. The Roots of Violence: A History of War in Chad. London: Routledge, 1998.

Baker, Peter, and Susan Glasser. Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution. New York: Scribner, 2005.

Bower, Tom. Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2009.

Browne, John. Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir from a Visionary Leader. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2010.

Bushell, Sharon, and Stan Jones. The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster. Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 2009.

Chandrasekaran, Rajiv. Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone. New York: Knopf, 2006.

Chernow, Ron. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. New York: Random House, 1998.

Clarke, Duncan. Crude Continent: The Struggle for Africa’s Oil Prize. London: Profile Books, 2008.

Coll, Steve. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the C.I.A., Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. New York: Penguin Press, 2004.

DonPedro, Ibiba. Oil in the Water: Crude Power and Militancy in the Niger Delta. Lagos: Forward Communications, 2006.

Dressler, Andrew, and Edward A. Parson. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Feith, Douglas J. War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

Flint, Julie, and Alex de Waal. Darfur: A New History of a Long War. London: Zed Books, 2008.

Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—And How It Can Renew America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Gallagher, Kelly Sims. Acting in Time on Energy Policy. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2009.

Gellman, Barton. Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.

Ghazvinian, John. Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil. New York: Harcourt, 2007.

Goldman, Marshall I. Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Gore, Al. Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

Hale, William E., Robert H. Davis, and Mike Long. One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years of History: ExxonMobil. Irving, TX: ExxonMobil Corp., 2007.

Halperin, Mark, and John F. Harris. The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. New York: Random House, 2006.

Hoffman, David E. The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia. New York: Public Affairs, 2002.

Karl, Terry Lynn. The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Keeble, John. Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in the Prince William Sound. Spokane: Eastern Washington University Press, 1999.

Klitgaard, Robert. Tropical Gangsters: One Man’s Experience with Development and Decadence in Deepest Africa. New York: Basic Books, 1991.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006.

LeVine, Steve. The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea. New York: Random House, 2007.

Maass, Peter. Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. New York: Knopf, 2009.

Margonelli, Lisa. Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline. New York: Doubleday, 2007.

Mearsheimer, John J. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. New York: Norton, 2001.

M.H.H., Greg. Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq. London: The Bodley Head, 2011.

Miller, T. Christian. Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq. New York: Little, Brown, 2006.

Mooney, Chris. The Republican War on Science. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

Ott, Riki. Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2008.

Patton, Patty Sue. Eternal Threads: A Journey Towards Discovery. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2005.

Reid, Anthony, ed. Verandah of Violence: The Background to the Aceh Problem. Singapore: Singapore University Press (in association with the University of Washington Press), 2006.

Ricks, Thomas E. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.

Roberts, Adam. The Wonga Coup: Guns, Thugs, and a Ruthless Determination to Create Mayhem in an Oil-Rich Corner of Africa. New York: Public Affairs, 2006.

Roberts, Paul. The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World. New York: Mariner Books, 2004.

Roderick, Jack. Crude Dreams: A Personal History of Oil & Politics in Alaska. Fairbanks, AK: Epicenter Press, 1997.

Safina, Carl. A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. New York: Crown, 2011.

Shaxon, Nicholas. Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Simmons, Matthew R. Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2005.

Suskind, Ron. The Price of Loyalty. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Tarbell, Ida M. The History of the Standard Oil Company. New York: McClure, Phillips, 1904.

Taylor, Jean Gelman. Indonesia: Peoples and Histories. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004.

Woodward, Bob. Plan of Attack. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Yergin, Daniel. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power. New York: Free Press, 2008.

———. The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. New York: Penguin Press, 2011.



Alaska Resources Library and Information Services: Transcripts of telephone recordings from the Alyeska Emergency Center, from 4:57 a.m. on March 24, 1989, and on March 26, 1989, and other selected documents.

“Excerpts from the May 31, 2000, ExxonMobil Annual General Meeting.” Transcript produced by Campaign ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil Transcripts: Transcript of Exxon-Mobil merger press conference, December 1, 1998, and conference call with Emil Jacobs and J. Craig Venter, July 14, 2009.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council: 2009 Status Report and other selected documents.

Fair Disclosure: ExxonMobil Analyst Meeting Transcripts, 2000–2011.

“Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Opportunities and Challenges.” Slides presented in Brussels, Belgium, November 25, 2003, author’s files and

“Operations Integrity Management System.”, examined and typed, June 24, 2010.

Records of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, July 15, 2004, investigation of Riggs National Bank.

Records of the Securities and Exchange Commission, EDGAR database.

Securities and Exchange Commission. “Concept Release on Possible Revisions to the Disclosure Requirements Relating to Oil and Gas Reserves,” December 12, 2007.

United Nations Human Development Reports, 1993–2010. National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Books, “Future of Iraq Project.”, including Exxon, Mobil, and ExxonMobil Annual Reports, 1997–2010, and ExxonMobil’s Chad/Cameroon Development Project Updates.



“Aceh Under Martial Law: Inside the Secret War.” Human Rights Watch, December 2003.

“All the Presidents’ Men: The Devastating Story of Oil and Banking in Angola’s Privatized War.” Global Witness, January 2002.

“Balancing Natural Gas Policy: Fueling the Demands of a Growing Economy.” National Petroleum Council, September 2003.

“Carbon Dioxide and Climate: A Scientific Assessment.” Report of an Ad Hoc Study Group on Carbon Dioxide and Climate, July 23–27, 1979. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

“Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project: Overview.” World Bank, December 2006.

Cohen, Arile, and Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr. “The Road to Economic Prosperity for a Post–Saddam Iraq.” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder no. 1594, September 24, 2002.

“Crude Awakening: The Role of the Oil and Banking Industries in Angola’s Civil War and the Plunder of State Assets, A.” Global Witness, 1999.

Davis, Stephen. “The Potential for Peace and Reconciliation in the Niger Delta.” Coventry Cathedral, February 2009.

“Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling.” Report to the President, National Commission on the B.P. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, January 2011.

“Defense Management: Actions Needed to Address Stakeholder Concerns, Improve Interagency Collaboration, and Determine Full Costs Associated with the U.S. Africa Command.” General Accounting Office, February 2009.

“Deposition of Philip Cooney.” House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, March 12, 2007.

“Force Structure: Preliminary Observations on the Progress and Challenges Associated with Establishing the U.S. Africa Command.” General Accounting Office, July 2008.

Freudenburg, William R. “Seeding Science, Courting Conclusions: Reexamining the Intersection of Science, Corporate Cash, and the Law.” Sociological Forum 20, no. 1 (March 2005).

Gary, Ian, and Terry Lynn Karl. “Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom and the Poor.” Catholic Relief Services, June 2003.

———, and Nikki Reisch. “Chad’s Oil: Miracle or Mirage; Following the Money in Africa’s Newest Petro-State.” Catholic Relief Services, February 2005.

“The Global Energy Market: Comprehensive Strategies to Meet Geopolitical and Financial Risks—The G8, Energy Security, and Global Climate Issues.” Baker Institute, Houston, Report no. 37, July 2008.

“Grounding of U.S. Tankship Exxon Valdez on Bligh Reef, Prince William Sound Near Valdez, AK, March 24, 1989.” National Transportation Safety Board, Report no. MAR-90-04.

Hansen et al., “Global Climate Changes as Forecast by Goddard Institute for Space Studies Three-Dimensional Model.” Journal of Geophysical Research 93, no. D8 (August 20, 1988) pps. 9341–64.

Hanson, Stephanie. “China, Africa and Oil.” Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounder, June 6, 2008.

Hartley, Peter R., and Kenneth B. Medlock. “Climate Policy and Energy Security: Two Sides of the Same Coin?” Baker Institute, Houston, November 19, 2008.

“The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers and R&D Needs.” National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences Press, 2004.

“Interagency Support on Conflict Assessment and Mission Performance Planning for Chad.” March 20, 2006.

“IPCC Second Assessment: Climate Change 1995.” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and subsequent assessments.

“Keeping Foreign Corruption Out of the United States: Four Case Histories.” Majority and Minority Staff Report, United States Senate, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, February 4, 2010.

Levi, Michael A. “The Canadian Oil Sands: Energy Security vs. Climate Change.” Council on Foreign Relations Special Report no. 47, May 2009.

“Liquefied Natural Gas: Understanding the Basic Facts.” Department of Energy, August 2005.

Malik, Rajiv. “Three Days in N’djamena,” Foreign Service Journal, May 2008.

McCright, Aaron M., and Riley E. Dunlap. “Challenging Global Warming as a Social Problem: An Analysis of the Conservative Movement’s Counter-Claims.” Social Problems 47, no. 4 (November 2000), pp. 499–522.

“More Fight—Less Fuel.” Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Department of Defense Energy Strategy, February 2008.

Morse, Edward. “Low and Behold: Making the Most of Cheap Oil.” Foreign Affairs, September–October 2009.

“Nigeria: Petroleum, Pollution and Poverty in the Niger Delta.” Amnesty International, 2009.

Oreskes, Naomi. “Behind the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change.” Science, December 2004.

Pacala, Stephen, and Robert H. Socolow. “Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies.” Science, August 2004.

Patria, Nezar. “Islam and Nationalism in the Free Aceh Movement, 1976–2005.” master’s thesis, International History Department, London School of Economics, London.

Ploch, Lauren. “Africa Command: U.S. Strategic Interests and the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa.” Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, May 16, 2007.

“Political Interference with Climate Change Science Under the Bush Administration.” House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, December 2007.

“Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta’s Oil Sands.” Government of Alberta Treasury Board, February 2009.

Schierow, Linda-Jo, and Margaret Mikyung Lee. “Phthalates in Plastics and Possible Human Health Effects.” Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, updated July 29, 2008.

Shurtleff, Len. “A Foreign Service Murder.” Foreign Service Journal, October 2007.

Skjærseth, Jon Birger. “ExxonMobil: Tiger or Turtle on Social Responsibility?” The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Lysaker, Norway, July 2003.

“Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air.” Union of Concerned Scientists, 2007.

Socolow, Robert H., and Stephen Pacala. “A Plan to Keep Carbon in Check.” Scientific American, September 2006.

Stern, Nicholas. “Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change.” Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

“Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relations.” Council on Foreign Relations, Report of an Independent Commission Sponsored by the Center for Preventative Action, 2007.

“Undue Diligence: How Banks Do Business with Corrupt Regimes.” Global Witness, March 2009.

Venzke, Ben. “Saudi Compound Bombings.” IntelCenter, May 16, 2003.

“Well Oiled: Oil and Human Rights in Equatorial Guinea.” Human Rights Watch, July 9, 2009.

Zycher, Benjamin. “Some Historical Lessons from the World Oil Market.” Briefing prepared for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, April 28, 2005.



Baker v. Exxon, No. 04.35182. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, CV. 89-0095-HRH.

Carey Brothers Construction v. Teodoro Nguema Obiang, Los Angeles County Superior Court, West District, SC-075147.

David Fitzpatrick v. Kenneth P. Cohen, 10-CV-00054-GZS, United States District Court, District of Maine.

Dragan Deletic v. Sweetwater Management, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court, West District, SC-104745.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. ExxonMobil Corporation, 30-6-cv-1732-K, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.

Exxon Corp. v. Breezevale Ltd., 05-98-02050-CV, Court of Appeals of Texas, Fifth District, Dallas.

ExxonMobil Corp. v. United States of America, 3-00-cv-00815 M, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.

ExxonMobil Corp. v. United States of America, 302-cv-0210 D, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.

Frontera Resources Azerbaijan Corp. v. State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, 06 Civ. 1125 (RJH), United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

In Re Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, United States District Court, District of Alaska, A-89-095 (Civil Consolidated).

Jeff Alban et al. v. ExxonMobil Corp., 03-C-06-0101932OT, Baltimore County Circuit Court, Maryland.

John Doe I et al. v. ExxonMobil Corporation et al., 01-cv-01357, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Larry Bowoto et al. v. Chevron Corp. et al., C 99-02506 SI, United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Lily Panayotti v. Sweetwater Management, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court, West District, SC-099588.

Mobil Cerro Negro, Ltd. v. PDVSA Cerro Negro, S.A., 07-CV-11590, United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

Mobil Cerro Negro, Ltd. v. Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., Claim No. 2008, Folio 61, High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court, Great Britain.

Pacific National Construction, Inc. v. Teodoro Nguema Obiang, Los Angeles County Superior Court, West District, SC-083725.

State of Alaska v. Exxon Corporation, and United States of America v. Exxon Corporation, A91-082 CIV and A91-083 CIV.

Suellen Everett Lundquist v. Sweetwater Management, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court, West District, SC-097988.

United States of America v. Arthur D. Seale, United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 20 F.3d 1279.

United States of America v. Irene J. Seale, United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 20 F.3d 1279.

United States of America v. Jason Edward Steph, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, H-07-307.

Veronique Guillem v. Sweetwater Management, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court, West District, SC-104747.

Walter B. Meyer et al. v. Teodoro Nguema Obiang, Los Angeles County Superior Court, West District, SC-073545.

Willie J. Garry v. ExxonMobil Corp. et al., 03-0791 I/3, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

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