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A gripping and eye-opening account of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and consequently a corporation in crisis.
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.
"Exhaustively researched ... If you want to know why BP got itself into such a mess before and after Deepwater Horizon, Spills and Spin is an excellent and reliable account" * Sunday Times * "Compelling ... Bergin's account stands out as the most thoughtful of the many recent accounts" * Daily Telegraph * "Bergin, a highly regarded oil industry reporter for Reuters, has provided the best assessment yet of how the accident was rooted in the nature of BP ... There are lessons here about how to prevent a crisis - and handle one - that anyone in business would do well to take in" * FT Weekend * "Here is the story not only of BP's darkest day, but of its 20-year transformation from takeover target to dynamic market leader ... For a robust read on the combustible history of big oil ... Bergin has all the raw material you require" * The Richmond Magazine * "Reveals how the Macondo well disaster was rooted to the history and culture of BP" * The Times *