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READ: "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London"

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Tune in Tuesday ahead of the elections in oil-rich dictatorship of Azerbaijan when we’ll discuss how what critics call "carbon democracies" occur in the pursuit of oil. We will speak with Timothy Mitchell, author of "Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil," and with James Marriot, co-author of "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London," and Anna Galkina of Platform London. You can read an excerpt from The Oil Road below, and see both guests speak in New York on Wednesday.

Excerpted from "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London," by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello. Copyright © 2012 by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello. With permission of the publisher, Verso.

Excerpt from The Oil Road

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