Leif Wenar's well-received 2016 book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World stands as the only sustained contribution to the "oil curse" literature by a political philosopher. It focuses not only on describing how oil resources can undermine democracy, social equality, and sustainable development but also on the moral obligations and collective interests of those who buy and consume oil. In Beyond Blood Oil, Wenar expands on the themes and proposals of his previous book and engages a distinguished group of scholars to explore Wenar's philosophical arguments and assess the prospects of his practical policy proposal of Clean Trade. Beyond Blood Oil is an author-meets-critics volume with a lively and accessible overview essay where Wenar sets the stage for engagement with five first-class critics from the fields of political theory, philosophy, and energy politics. As these critics challenge Wenar's proposals, Wenar replies vigorously and frankly, making the volume the scene of a highly energetic debate. Beyond Blood Oil will appeal to a broad audience of scholars, students, journalists, and readers interested in questions of economic and global justice, natural resource property rights, fair trade, international security, and promoting peaceful democracy.
Michael Blake gelangte mit seinem Roman Der mit dem Wolf tanzt zu Weltruhm; für das Drehbuch zu dem gleichnamigen Film mit Kevin Costner in der Hauptrolle erhielt der Autor einen Oscar. Michael Blake lebt mit seiner Frau und drei Kindern auf einer Ranch in Arizona.