Oil: A Concise Guide to the Most Important Product on Earth (Paperback)

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Oil: A Concise Guide to the Most Important Product on Earth (Paperback)


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Matthew Yeomans begins his investigation into the role of oil in America by trying to spend a day without oil--only to stumble before exiting the bathroom (petroleum products play a role in shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, and contact lenses). When Oil was published in cloth last year, it was quickly recognized as the wittiest and most accessible guide to the product that drives the U.S. economy and undergirds global conflict. The book sparked reviews and editorials across the country from the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and The Nation to Newsday , the San Francisco Chronicle, Wired and others. Author Michael Klare (Blood and Oil) called it "a clear, comprehensive overview of the U.S. oil industry . . . in one compact and highly readable volume," and Boldtype praised Yeomans's "crisp journalistic voice. . . . Understanding the business of oil is essential in any modern dialog of power, politics, or the almighty buck, and Yeomans delivers a well-researched and gripping read."

Illustrated with maps and graphics--and now with an all-new afterword--Oil contains a brief history of gasoline, an analysis of the American consumer's love affair with the automobile, and a political anatomy of the global oil industry, including its troubled relationship with oil-rich but democracy-poor countries.

Matthew Yeomans is a senior editor and columnist for the "Industry Standard, " and is the founder of Petropulse.com, a daily web journal exploring the effects of oil on everyday life
Product Details ISBN: 9781595580283
ISBN-10: 159558028X
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: January 5th, 2006
Pages: 288
Language: English