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“[Marsden brings] a fresh pair of discerning eyes to an unusual series of nation-changing events. . . . [H]e confidently reports how an entire province is destroying itself, and then asks why no one in Canada ‘seems to care.’ . . . The biggest stupidities that Marsden discovers could and probably should shock any Canadian. . . . Yet Marsden’s unsettling exposé of careless decision-making sheds more needed light on some very dark corners in Alberta (and Canada). He has walked into a provincial boom-town, populated largely by arrogant and greedy males (Hells Angels with suits), and not flinched. Good on you, partner.” —Andrew Nikiforuk, The Globe and Mail
“This is a powerfully eloquent polemic.” —Edmonton Journal (September 14)
“Marsden’s book is an engaging and entertaining read. . . . [A] worthwhile read and it will likely generate a fair bit of discussion about the industry.” —National Post
“[Marsden’s] book is a good primer on many of these urgent problems . . . Marsden has held the environmental mirror up to Albertans and it’s not a pretty sight—as many here have known for some time. . . . Marsden tells his story with a judicious mixture of personal stories and technical details of oil and gas extraction.” —Edmonton Journal
“For the . . . dozen or so Albertans who believe the energy industry and its friends in the Alberta government are neither all good nor all bad and who believe the same of ardent death-to-civilization environmentalists—[you] need to read this book. . . . [T]his book could not have come out at a more opportune time. Marsden takes the worries of ordinary citizens and voices them . . . he pulls together all the disparate concerns into a readable whole. . . . None of us can feel smug. The sensible use of non-renewable resources is all of our duty, regardless of our association with the energy business.” —Calgary Herald
From the Hardcover edition.
William Marsden is co-author of the international bestsellers Angels of Death and The Road to Hell. He is an award-winning senior investigative reporter for the Gazette in Montreal.
From the Hardcover edition.
Excellent walk through the unbelievably crazy history of the tar sands, and the US interest in them. The title says it all. No wonder it is a national best seller.Published 16 months ago by Slow Walker
This book should be reqired reading for all politicians at all levels. VERY ILLUMINATING!Published on March 22 2010 by J. M. Dejax
...and not only bringing environmental armageddon, but Biblical armageddon too. I'm sick and tired of the fundamentalist Christians' literal interpretation of the Bible from the... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2009 by C. G. Bowers
Well documented, researched and presented, this work is a real eye-opener as to what Big Oil is really doing with the complicity of Alberta's Conservative Party. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book is a very negative view of the Alberta oil and gas industry which is very one-sided and myopic. Read morePublished on May 4 2009 by David Moe
Everyone knows about Alberta's Tar-Sands, but to most it is a far-away disaster. Marsden''s book grabs you from the opening paragraph, and takes you on a journey to the heart of... Read morePublished on March 27 2009 by Guy Dauncey
When I first learned about 'Stupid to The Last Drop,' by William Marsden, I knew that I had to read it. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2008 by Jonathan Clark