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on 25 February 2008
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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on 22 December 2010
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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on 12 October 2014
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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on 19 May 2011
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 The last 1/3 book looses focus a little on the exploration of renewables which is now (2011) a little out of date, but still a great read.
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on 11 October 2014
Excellent exposition of the petroleum industry.
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