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About Tom Bergin' Book

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Spills & Spin is a corporate history of BP from the late 1980s to the present, which uses interviews with key players during the period to explain BP's predisposition for industrial disasters. It also provides a detailed account of BP's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, based on the author's experiences reporting on, and interviewing key players during, the crisis.

In April 2010, the world watched in alarm as millions of barrels of crude oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico following a catastrophic explosion at BP’s Macondo well. As spring turned to summer and the accident developed into one of the worst oil spills in history, alarm gave way to disbelief and anger.

Tom Bergin has been following BP’s fortunes for almost two decades and he reported daily on the unfolding events of the 2010 spill. His unique access to key players within BP – including former CEO Tony Hayward – has enabled him to piece together the story of a corporation in crisis.

In Spills & Spin, Bergin sets the scene by taking us back 30 years to explain how a company that was almost destroyed by privatisation and the oil-price crash of the late 1980s was able to re-emerge as a market leader by the turn of the 21st century. At the same time, he examines how crucial decisions made during this remarkable turnaround period paved the way for BP’s darkest hour.

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