NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 21, 2014) - Crude Awakening: Chevron in Ecuador, published by leading independent digital publisher RosettaBooks, picks up where other accounts of Chevron in Ecuador leave off. It relates the gripping inside story of Chevron's New York "counter-trial" against the plaintiffs who won a record $19 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador. Written by legal journalist Michael D. Goldhaber, who was first to publicize the Crude film outtakes and to condemn them, Crude Awakening is the only book to examine:
- What are the underlying merits of the environmental case?
- What was proved at the New York trial -- and what wasn't?
- What are the lessons for global litigation -- and litigation fraud?
- How have the plaintiffs succeeded in exploiting the media?
A detective story and courtroom drama, with a concluding chapter of keen commentary, Crude Awakening is a behind-the-scenes look at the world's biggest and messiest case.
On their way to winning a $19 billion verdict against Chevron in Ecuador, lawyers for the Amazonian plaintiffs invite a documentary film crew to record their every move. Unfortunately, their every move includes fraud. Chevron subpoenas the outtakes of the movie Crude, and follows the clues from one improbable fraud to the next. In time, the oil company turns the tables, and sues the plaintiffs for racketeering. The drama culminates in a classic New York "counter-trial," where it's the testimony of one corrupt ex-judge against another.
"Crude Awakening details Chevron's struggle to prove that the truth is the truth - even when the truth is on the side of the big bad oil company, and not on the side of the charismatic little guy fighting for indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest," said Goldhaber.
Crude Awakening will captivate both students of law and students of human nature.
About the Author: Michael D. Goldhaber is "The Global Lawyer" columnist for The American Lawyer, and senior international correspondent for American Lawyer Media. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Journalism School, and Yale Law School. His prior book, A People's History of the European Court of Human Rights, tells the story of landmark European cases from the perspective of heroic human rights plaintiffs.
About RosettaBooks: RosettaBooks is the leading independent digital publisher. Its prominent author collections include 52 works of Winston Churchill, 35 titles by renowned science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, 20 works by Kurt Vonnegut, 12 titles from international bestselling business author Stephen R. Covey and 18 works by Robert Graves, celebrated 20th century English poet, critic, and author of I, Claudius and Claudius, the God. RosettaBooks also publishes eBook lines in collaboration with AARP, Harvard Health Publications and Mayo Clinic. Publisher of ten Kindle Singles, including Ray Bradbury's The Playground, RosettaBooks has launched nine of them to bestseller status. RosettaBooks is an Inc. 500 company, on the exclusive list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. For more information, please visit RosettaBooks.com and follow the e-publisher on Facebook and Twitter.