Oliver Bullough

Crude Developments

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


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It is hard to interest people in ex-Soviet countries whose names contain the letter ‘z’. I tried and failed. That being so, I instinctively approve of James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello for writing The Oil Road, their account of a journey out of Azerbaijan.

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