Well researched book on a fascinating story,
This review is from: Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom (Creating the North American Landscape) (Paperback)
Have just spent the last 3 hours reading Petrolia and i would heartily recommend it to anyone with an interest in early american oil and industry, as well as anyone who just likes a great historical story. Black's writing style is easy to follow and he gives a comprehensive account of the discovery of Oil in Pennsylvania, the characters involved and the havoc and destruction wreaked in plundering the region's natural resources. It seems an ecological abomination now but bearing in mind recent events in the Gulf of Mexico it makes you wonder how much we've learned from history.
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