Crude: The Story of Oil

Voorkant
Seven Stories Press, 2004 - 232 pagina's
Crude is the unexpurgated story of oil, from the circumstances of its birth millions of years ago to the spectacle of its rise as the indispensable ingredient of modern life. In addition to fueling our SUVs and illuminating our cities, crude oil and its byproducts fertilize our produce, pave our roads, and make plastic possible. "Newborn babies," observes author Sonia Shah, "slide from their mothers into petro-plastic-gloved hands, are swaddled in petro-polyester blankets, and are hurried off to be warmed by oil-burning heaters." The modern world is drenched in oil; Crude tells how it came to be. A great human drama emerges, of discovery and innovation, risk, the promise of riches, and the power of greed.
Shah infuses recent twists in the story with equal drama, through chronicles of colorful modern-day characters -- from the hundreds of Nigerian women who stormed a Chevron plant to a monomaniacal scientist for whom life is the pursuit of this earthblood and its elusive secret. Shah moves masterfully between scientific, economic, political, and social analysis, capturing the many sides of the indispensable mineral that we someday may have to find a way to live without.
 

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very readable book on a very important topic; the footnotes are disappointing however: that author constantly footnoted quotes or data in the text that look like they would lead to primary sources ... Volledige review lezen

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The Eclipse of Coal
1
Exile from Tethys
17
Into the Cold
29
Rockefellers Ghost
37
Refining the Hunt
49
Aftershocks
65
The Curse of Crude
89
Carbon Perils
111
Challengers Old and New
159
Death Throes
173
TABLES
177
Notes
185
Index
219
Acknowledgments
231
About the Author
232
Copyright

Running on Empty
133

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Over de auteur (2004)

SONIA SHAH edited both the critically acclaimed Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire and Between Fear and Hope: A Decade of Peace Activism. A former editor at South End Press and Nuclear Times Magazine, Shah is an independent journalist whose writing appears in The Nation, The Progressive, Salon, and elsewhere.

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