Articles by Peter Maass

What Happened at the Macondo Well?

The New York Review of Books  |  September 29, 2011

Exxon’s Russian Roulette

The New York Review of Books  |  September 9, 2011

Celebrating the Celebrations

The New Yorker Online  |  May 4, 2011

Toppling Dictators in the Youtube Age

The New Yorker Online  |  April 12, 2011

The Toppling

The New Yorker  |  January 3, 2011
How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war

Five Best Books on Oil

The Wall Street Journal  |  August 21, 2010

Sanctifying by Attacking

New York Magazine  |  August 14, 2010
How a mosque proposed for a grubby downtown street became more of a symbol than its opponents ever intended.

The Ministry of Oil Defense

Foreign Policy  |  August 5, 2010
It’s not polite to say so, but if Americans understood just how many trillions their military was really spending on protecting oil, they wouldn’t stand for it.

To BP Or Not To BP?

The Big Money  |  June 7, 2010
Here’s why a spill-inspired boycott doesn’t make sense.

Inside the Soul of an Oilman

The Big Money  |  September 22, 2009
Are petro-execs intrinsically more corrupt than other businessmen?

Scenes from the Violent Twilight of Oil

Foreign Policy  |  September 8, 2009
It succors and drowns human life. And for the last eight years, oil — and the people and places that make it — was my obsession.

Situation Normal

Slate  |  July 18, 2008
What “Generation Kill” Gets Right About Iraq

Who’s Africa’s Worst Leader?

Slate  |  June 24, 2008
Hint: It’s probably not Robert Mugabe

Fuel Fixers

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 22, 2007
How the scarcity of oil may be making our antibribery laws obsolete.


Outside  |  March 2007
Alan Dershowitz, meet Steven Donziger. On behalf of 30,000 inhabitants of Ecuador’s remote Oriente region, this New York lawyer is putting it to Big Oil. But will his multi-billion-dollar lawsuit establish a global precedent—or is he just looking for a scapegoat for one of the nastiest messes on earth?

Radioactive Nationalism

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 22, 2006
The risky maneuverings on the Korean peninsula

The Price of Oil

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 18, 2005

The Breaking Point

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 21, 2005
Saudi Arabia, soaring demand and the theory of peak oil.

The Salvadorization of Iraq?

The New York Times Magazine  |  May 1, 2005
The counterinsurgency is increasingly being waged by former elite troops of Saddam Hussein’s army, with guidance from a U.S. adviser who in the 80’s commanded the Special Forces in El Salvador. It’s not a pretty campaign.

Road to Hell

The New Republic  |  January 31, 2005
Dispatch from the Niger Delta

A Touch of Crude

Mother Jones  |  January 2005
How the pursuit of oil is propping up the West African dictatorship of Teodoro Obiang.

Tech Solutions in Far-Out Places

Popular Science  |  October 2004
An ode to the Thuraya 7101 Satphone.

20th Century Horrors, Exhumed

Los Angeles Times  |  August 15, 2004
The Stone Fields: An Epitah for the Living. By Courtney Angela Brkic

The Triumph of the Quiet Tycoon

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 2, 2004
This is a bad time to be a big-spending Russian oil billionaire. But Vagit Alekperov has figured out how to beat the system — you just play by Putin’s rules.

What’s In Your Gadget Bag?

Gizmodo  |  May 3, 2004
A War Correspondent’s Digital Gear

The Counterinsurgent

The New York Times Magazine  |  January 11, 2004
Major John Nagl was a leading military scholar on how to fight a resistance. But could he make his ideas work on the ground in Iraq?

The Ground They Fight On

War: USA, Afghanistan, Iraq  |  January 2004

New Deal

The New Republic  |  December 22, 2003
On North Korea, the United States needs an alternative to the hawks’ belligerent rhetoric and the doves’ optimistic engagement. Fortunately, one is available.

Enemy Combatants

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 15, 2002
Ideas of 2002

Thunder Run

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 14, 2003

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