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Spills and Spin: The Inside Story of BP

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A gripping and eye-opening account of a corporation in crisis.

 

In April 2010, the world watched in alarm as millions of barrels of crude oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico following a catastrophic explosion at BP's Macondo well. As spring turned to summer and the accident developed into one of the worst oil spills in history, alarm gave way to disbelief and anger. Why had this happened? Why was it taking so long to fix? And who was ultimately to blame? Tom Bergin, a former oil broker turned oil-industry reporter for Reuters, has been following BP's fortunes for almost two decades and he reported daily on the unfolding events of the 2010 spill. His unique access to key players within BP — including former CEO Tony Hayward — has enabled him to piece together the story of a corporation in crisis.

 

Bergin sets the scene by taking us back nearly thirty years to explain how a company that was almost destroyed by privatisation and the oil-price crash of the late 1980s was able to re-emerge as a market leader by the turn of the twenty-first century. At the same time, he examines how crucial decisions made during this remarkable turnaround period paved the way for BP's darkest hour.

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A gripping and eye-opening account of a corporation in crisis, setting the spill in its broader context within the history of BP and big oil
 
In April 2010, the world watched in alarm as BPs Macondo well suffered a fatal explosion and a catastrophic leak. Over the next three months, amid tense scenes of corporate and political finger-pointing, millions of barrels of crude oil dispersed across the Gulf of Mexico in what became one of the worst oil spills in history. But there is more to BPs story than this. Tom Bergin, an oil broker-turned-Reuters reporter, takes readers back nearly 30 years to explain how a company that was almost destroyed by privatization and the oil-price crash of the late 1980s was able to transform itself into the industrys most dynamic player, and most sophisticated PR machine, by the turn of the 21st century. His unique access to key figures within BP, including former CEO Tony Hayward, has enabled him to piece together the story of a corporation in crisis, and he examines how crucial decisions made during this remarkable turnaround period paved the way for BPs darkest hour.

About the Author

TOM BERGIN has reported on the energy industry for over twelve years, having previously worked as an oil broker. For the past seven years he has headed Reuters's coverage of the oil industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and his work has been published in The New York Times, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Globe and Mail and the Shanghai Daily, as well as in dozens of newspapers and magazines around the world. He is a regular television and radio commentator, appearing on CNBC, ITV, the BBC and other outlets as far away as New Zealand. Apart from the oil industry, Tom has reported on financial scandals, including the rise and fall of Enron, environmental issues, EU politics and terrorist attacks. He lives in London with his wife, a former Reuters reporter turned investment banker, and two young sons.

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ISBN:
9781847940827
Author:
Bergin, Tom
Publisher:
Random House UK
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Corporate History
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Environmental Studies-General
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Business-History and Biography
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
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8 x 5 in 1 lb

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A gripping and eye-opening account of a corporation in crisis, setting the spill in its broader context within the history of BP and big oil
 
In April 2010, the world watched in alarm as BPs Macondo well suffered a fatal explosion and a catastrophic leak. Over the next three months, amid tense scenes of corporate and political finger-pointing, millions of barrels of crude oil dispersed across the Gulf of Mexico in what became one of the worst oil spills in history. But there is more to BPs story than this. Tom Bergin, an oil broker-turned-Reuters reporter, takes readers back nearly 30 years to explain how a company that was almost destroyed by privatization and the oil-price crash of the late 1980s was able to transform itself into the industrys most dynamic player, and most sophisticated PR machine, by the turn of the 21st century. His unique access to key figures within BP, including former CEO Tony Hayward, has enabled him to piece together the story of a corporation in crisis, and he examines how crucial decisions made during this remarkable turnaround period paved the way for BPs darkest hour.
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