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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; New edition edition (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159558028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595580283
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Yeomans begins his investigation into the role of oil in our lives by trying to spend a day without oil - only to stumble before exiting the bathroom (petroleum products play a role in shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, and contact lenses). When Oil was published in hardback last year, it was quickly recognised as the wittiest and most accessible guide to the product that drives the US economy and under girds global conflict. The book sparked editorials and reviews across the country - The Sunday Times review described Oil as "a cracking good story...as Yeomans traces the oil industry's contributions to the history of the 20th century." Illustrated with maps and graphics - and now with a new afterword - Oil contains a brief history of petrol, and analysis of the American consumer's love-affair with the car, and a political anatomy of the global oil industry, including its troubled relationship with oil-rich by democracy-poor countries.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Nichols on 22 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
A thorough yet concise history of the world and its relationship with oil. I would recommend this to anybody interested in the history and/or politics of the oil industry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Williams on 25 Feb 2008
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Matthew Yeomans has divided his guide to oil into topics. He starts with a brief and informative history, and then goes on to explore car culture, human rights, the stock trading of oil, and a number of other key issues.

Topics are well chosen, and well researched. The background on the Bush family and on the Iraq war are very good. Less convincing is his optimistic championing of the hydrogen economy. The jury really is still out on whether or not hydrogen can ever really compare to the riches of cheap oil.

But, if you're looking for the key facts on the most important questions - why oil companies have a bad human rights record, why we go to war for oil, why prices fluctuate in the global market - this is a great summary.
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A decent and engrossing enough book, though one with something of a misleading title as tit does not really look too in depth at the oil industry beyond the first few chapters being a brief history of it. The focus appears to be a similar one to that whis the “mainstream” media focuses upon: Petrol/Gasoline production and overconsumption.

This is where the author seems to get stuck and chapters become more and more devoted to the automotive industry and the USAs love of the SUV. However it cannot be argued that this isn’t interesting, and the book never becomes boring, though it must be said that this was something of a case of false advertising on the part of the publisher. Nevertheless a great read and still recommended, albeit with adjusted expectations.
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Strange. I couldn't put it down. An excellent break neck speed summary ofthe history of the oil industry, from the point of view of both demand and supply. The last 1/3 book looses focus a little on the exploration of renewables which is now (2011) a little out of date, but still a great read.
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By Auguste Comte on 11 Oct 2014
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Excellent exposition of the petroleum industry.
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