Charlotte Dennett, a former reporter in the Middle East, is an investigative journalist and an attorney. She described her campaign to prosecute George W. Bush in The People v Bush: One Lawyer's Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encountered Along the Way. She coauthored with her husband and fellow investigative journalist, Gerald Colby, Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon, an expos of Nelson Rockefeller and evangelism in the age of oil. She lives in Vermont.
"A father's death and perhaps murder by 'allies' while pursuing a vital mission for the United States. A daughter's lifelong search for truth and justice. Spies. Fortune-seekers. A cast of royals, brigands, bankers, patriots, and other history-makers struggling to control oil wealth from Central Asia to the Middle East to Northern Africa over the past century. Compelling country-by-country current analysis by an expert reporter and historian. Revelations about the 'pipeline politics' that constantly create headlines about endless war, war crimes, terrorism, and ethnic cleansing, but remain little understood by Westerners, including major media. All of that is combined in this page-turning memoir, culminating in a surprise ending. In brief, this is a masterpiece."--Andrew Kreig, editor, Justice Integrity Project; author of Presidential Puppetry "Investigative journalist Charlotte Dennett is onto something big. As an outsider researching her master spy father's 1947 death at the dawning of the Great Game for Oil, she takes on the CIA's notorious secrecy with fierce determination. That leads Dennett to the highest echelons of the agency while looking for answers and, intriguingly, the CIA makes it clear they want her on their side. Dennett's telling is a 'ghost story' beginning at the foundation of the CIA that still haunts us today as the world her father died for disintegrates into chaos. One cannot help but wonder that if her father had lived, could his nuanced vision for the Middle East have altered the disastrous course the United States is on now?"--Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, authors of Invisible History "Charlotte Dennett has a fascinating personal saga to share and a mystery to solve. This book offers the hidden backstory to the history of US involvement in the Middle East. It is the type of broad and deep historical dig that is so badly needed, and it helps us see the bigger picture behind policies and failures that affect us today. Suddenly, all these wars make sense."--Russ Baker, author of Family of Secrets; founder and editor-in-chief, WhoWhatWhy "As a retired US Army colonel and diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia, I found this book to be fascinating--filled with a treasure trove of details about the beginning of the oil wars in the Middle East and continuing to today with the United States 'guarding' Syria's oil fields as it attempts to overthrow Syria's Assad government. Dennett reminds us of the first-ever coup d'etat by the CIA. Due to Syrian opposition to the route of the first pipeline out of Saudi Arabia, the CIA overthrew Syrian president Shukri al-Quwatli in 1949 and replaced him with the Army chief of staff who approved the Syrian route. Dennett's father, the sole US master spy in the Middle East in the late 1940s, was involved in pipeline issues and died in a still unexplained crash of a US government plane. The book goes well beyond the 1940s and tracks the deals, missteps, and wars for oil. The detailed maps show pipeline routes over the decades and are themselves a remarkable way to track the political dynamics of the region!"--Ann Wright, retired colonel, US Army/Army Reserves; former US diplomat "A must-read to understand America's addiction to endless wars in the Middle East. Charlotte Dennett masterfully unravels the Great Game for Oil from the dawn of the Cold War, through Beirut and Baghdad's bloody street battles, to today's tragic headlines. Her unnerving journey begins with the mysterious death of her father (a renowned master spy in the Middle East) in the Ethiopian highlands in 1947 at the onset of the Cold War. Sleuthing through seven decades of the sinister American-Saudi nexus--framed by FDR and Ibn Saud--Dennett skillfully shines light on the feudal kingdom that continues to interlock itself with US interests to this day. Following a widening nexus of Big Oil, ARAMCO, and Middle East pipelines to the Eastern Mediterranean, Israel, US Congress, and the Saudi rulers in Riyadh, Dennett has crafted a page turner that reads like a thriller. Ironically, her father's warning echoes throughout the book: 'God help us if we ever send troops to the Middle East.' Decades on, his daughter has picked up the torch to illuminate how America's addiction to endless wars is actually the ongoing covert battle for energy still being played out in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Yemen, and other explosive regions of the world. And the tragedy continues. Bravissima for Dennett's courageous, compelling, and unnerving work!"--Terence Ward, author of The Wahhabi Code "The most extraordinary historical account of pipeline politics and the blood-drenched Great Game for Oil ever written. Investigative reporter Charlotte Dennett's tenacious, decades-long quest to uncover the truth about the death of her father--America's first master spy in the Middle East--has resulted in a riveting saga replete with previously hidden details about the powerful characters, countries, and corporations locked in vicious perpetual competition to control the world's oil. No book connects the dots like this one, and with such fascinating clarity. Urgent reading for anyone looking to understand who and what brought us into the War on Terror era and how the groundwork for future wars is being laid."--Kristina Borjesson, author of Feet to the Fire; creator and cohost of The Whistleblower Newsroom