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The age of oil : the mythology, history, and future of the world's most controversial resource

Author: Leonardo Maugeri
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the obsessions and misperceptions surrounding the resource that has shaped our lives, demonstrating that oil will be with us for a long time to come. Oil is the most vital resource of our time. Because it is so important, misperceptions about the black gold abound. The author clears the cobwebs by describing the colorful history of oil, and explaining the fundamentals of oil production. He delivers a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonardo Maugeri
ISBN: 0275990087 9780275990084
OCLC Number: 64624827
Awards: Winner of CHOICE 2007 Outstanding Academic Title 0 (United States)
Description: xx, 340 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One. A History of an Unreliable Market (and the Bad Policies it Prompted). --
John D. Rockefeller's cursed legacy --
The age of gasoline and oil imperialism --
The carve-up of Arabia's oil --
The oil glut of the 1930s --
Cold War fears and the U.S.-Arabian link --
The Iran tragedy and the "seven sisters" cartel --
The golden age of oil and its limits --
Oil and the explosion of Arab nationalism --
The first oil shock --
The second oil shock --
The countershock --
A storm in the desert : the first Gulf crisis --
The Soviet implosion and the troubled Caspian El Dorado --
The collapse of oil prices and industry megamergers --
The first oil crisis of the twenty-first century --
Part Two. Misperceptions and Problems Ahead. --
Are we running out of oil? --
The inner secrets of oil --
The puzzle of oil reserves and production, and the quest for their control --
The problems with oil quality, price, and consumption trends --
Flawed forecasts, foggy alternatives to oil --
Arabs, Islam, and the myth of oil security --
Appendixes. --
1. Proven reserves, production, and reserves life index of the first twenty oil countries in the world and world totals (2004) --
2. Consumption trends of the first twenty countries in the world (1980-2004) --
3. Main features of some qualities of crude oil --
4. The largest national oil companies --
5. The largest international oil companies.
Responsibility: Leonardo Maugeri.
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