We are now accepting books on exchange and credits to shop cards.

We are not buying stock for cash yet. We are operating under Level 2 restrictions.

Please note that we will require you

* to wear a mask at all times whilst instore

* sign in and sanitise your hands at entry

* maintain a 2m distance between you and other browsing customers

We are here to help you if you need assistance and are happy to organise a delivery for those who are still staying safe at home. Web orders will be processed and delivered via courier and NZ Post.

Store pick ups can be ordered online or organised by phone and email. We will send you an email when your pick up is ready to be collected.

To keep up with all the Arty Bees news, why not subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the page.

Our next book club meeting is on Monday 13 December at 6pm.  Check out Facebook or email us to find out more.

Who Won the Oil Wars- How Governments Waged the War for Oil Rights
Who Won the Oil Wars- How Governments Waged the War for Oil Rights
Stern, Andy

Since oil displaced coal as the fuel of choice a century ago, it has been the cause of some of the world's bloodiest conflicts.

This book examines the role oil has played in these conflicts in the last hundred years. It looks at the actions governments and multinational companies have taken to secure their oil supplies since the 1920s, often provoking accusations that they promote conflict and support corrupt or violent regimes. Oil was an important factor in both world wars. Conspiracy theorists believe it also sparked the Suez Crisis, the Iran-Iraq War, the Biafra war and conflicts in Angola and Chad in which oil companies such as Elf (Angola) and various companies including ExxonMobil (Chad) are said to have played a murky role. The book starts with a look at Empire building and how at the start of the 20th century Britain, France and Germany sought to carve up the world's supplies of 'black gold'. The clamour for oil intensified during World War II - in fact the bombing of Pearl Harbor was allegedly at least in part to prevent Indonesian oil from reaching the US.

Successive chapters chart the rise of OPEC and the Suez Crisis in 1956, and the Cold War 'Proxy Wars', when the importance of Middle East drew the US and Soviet Union (then perceived as the world's superpowers) into conflicts between states in the region.

The book also assesses the power of major oil companies - not only the huge environmental devastation they have caused but the local conflicts that have arisen. For instance, scandals involving the French oil company Elf indicate that it had funded both sides in the civil wars in Angola and the Congo. In conclusion the book looks at other sources of oil, chiefly in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. What effect will large-scale oil extraction have on these regions?

Second hand Paperback