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there's no better time to read the fascinating story of oil,
This review is from: Crude: The Story of Oil (Hardcover)
Sonia Shah begins her history of oil with the ancient movements of tectonic plates, and ends it in a world without humans, the oil slowly accumulating again deep underground. It is a story on a grand scale, and 'Crude' gives it the treatment it deserves.
Reading this book, I realised just how unique and amazing oil is, and the lengths people will go to for it. One gallon of oil has as much energy as ten kilos of wood, or a day's work for fifty slaves. It is incredibly dense energy, and when it was first discovered, it was literally just bubbling out of the ground.
Shah captures the magic of oil, the promise of cheap energy, and the consequences of its discovery. She covers the key innovations and the rise of the automobile, maps out how oil came to saturate every aspect of our culture and industry, and ends with the strained market for dwindling oil supplies. It's a story of discovery, of intrigue and of outrageous greed, and although its a history book, it reads like an adventure and a tragedy.
With oil prices higher now than they have ever been, there's no better time to read and understand the fascinating story of oil.