Oil Paperback – Mar 1 2008
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...[Oil] will offer readers who have a serious interest in the topic an enlightening industrial history... (Booklist 2008-06-01)
The little paperback books in this series cover an unexpected amount of material and provide and in-depth overview of the subjects related to contemporary political and social issues. The writing style is easy to comprehend, and the knowledge gained by the reader in a short time is surprising. (Multicultural Review 2008-09-08)
"The little paperback books in this series cover an unexpected amount of material and provide and in-depth overview of the subjects related to contemporary political and social issues. The writing style is easy to comprehend, and the knowledge gained by the reader in a short time is surprising." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This limitation being admitted, the author, a Canadian professor of political science, does a good job. We get a brief history of drilling (actually, the first well was in Ontario, not Pennsylvania, as we usually hear), the meteoric rise in popularity of the automobile, then, very usefully, are introduced to John D Rockefeller and Standard Oil. From this, after the trust was busted by the US Govt, we get the four American firms among the Seven Sisters, along with their European counterparts. Finally the ramping up of the industry with the advent of oil-driven navies, WW2 and the American drive to control the world, with the British vainly trying to hold on.
There are quite a bit of tidbits here of interest to students of 20th C political history; oil was a factor in quite a number of things. Readers might want to read this book in close conjunction with a scientifically-oriented book, also short, "Out of gas".
One star deducted because the focus was almost entirely politics, something not evident from the title. But such as focus might well be what some readers want, and a short book is always welcome for those who lose track of books that attempt to cover every possible aspect of a topic, including those the author perhaps didn't understand as well, and which the editors garble.
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