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‘Spills & Spin’ by Tom Bergin; The Inside Story of BP

By Tom Bergin

My book, Spills & Spin; The Inside Story of BP, is published today.

The book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the decisions and personalities that have shaped the company over the past 20 years. It charts BP’s rise from industry also-ran in 1990, to industry-leader, under Lord John Browne, by the turn of the century, and the company’s fall from grace since the Texas City blast in 2005. It reveals the truth behind BP’s mega mergers and its (successful) attempt to turn climate change from a mortal threat to a lucrative business opportunity.

It investigates CEO Tony Hayward’s restructuring of the group from 2007-2010 and reveals how decisions made on his watch contributed to the oil spill. The book also lifts the veil on the corporation’s response to the spill, revealing the strategic errors, technical mistakes and infighting between company leaders which hampered the response effort.

Please find below a review from the Daily Telegraph today. The Sunday Times said they planned to review it this weekend and a video of a CNBC interview I just did, about the book, may be available on the CNBC Europe website soon.

BP oil spill: Tom Bergin’s book challenges view that Hayward was hard done by


“Tom has led our coverage of the oil and gas industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the past six years. During this time, he has worked across four continents, covering all the biggest stories in the industry and interviewing the biggest names in the oil business. Tom, a former oil broker, is an almost weekly contributor on television and radio programmes from U.S. to Australasia. Tom joined Reuters in 2001 and has previously been European Mergers & Acquisitions Correspondent and Senior UK Economics Correspondent. Tom is Irish. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, University College Dublin and …”

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