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Comprehensive, but could do with an editor...
on 3 August 2012
Working in Upstream for the past 6 years as a service provider, I felt the need to deepen my knowledge of the entire hydrocarbon value chain. I picked up enough knowledge from this book to be dangerous, but obviously with such a vast topic, there is only so much one author can accomplish in 360 pages. Nevertheless, as the title clearly states this is a starting point, but a very good one. It is written from a trader's perspective, but there is enough meat on the bone to give readers of all stripes a good grounding in the dirty world of hydrocarbons. Having said that, my word does this book need an editor, or at a minimum a proofreader. I found the crap grammar, mis-spellings, and non sequiturs to be incredibly distracting to the point where I felt disrespected as a reader, i.e. the author couldn't be arsed to make sure his work was readable. Style issues aside, this is a worthy contribution to the O&G body of knowledge.