Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Compelling and provocative. . . . Should be required reading for all who care about the future of this country and the planet as a whole." —The Nation
"A volatile mix of history, politics, economics, science, and foreign and military policy." —In These Times
"Yeomans does a fine job integrating a wide array of information, from the mechanics of oil production to how the politics of oil helped shape the modern Middle East. . . . Surprisingly nuanced." —Newsday
"An informed primer that weaves together commentary, anecdote, and fact." —Wired
"A wake-up call. Highly recommended." —The Washington Post
- 11 of the 18 million barrels of oil consumed daily in the U.S. are imported.
- 18 percent of U.S. oil imports come from the Persian Gulf (mainly Saudi Arabia).
- According to the National Academy of Sciences, the technology exists to boost the average fuel economy of automobiles from 24 to 40 miles a gallon, saving the same amount the U.S. imports every day from the Persian Gulf.
Yeomans explores the role of oil in America--from driving the US economic engine to consolidating the US's position as unilateral superpower--and explains the American consumer's love affair with gasoline and the automobile.
About the Author
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