The Age of Oil

The Age of Oil

The Mythology, History, and Future of the World's Most Controversial Resource

Book - 2006
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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. In this book, Maugeri clears the cobwebs by describing the colorful history of oil and explaining the fundamentals of oil production. He delivers a unique, fascinating, and controversial perspective on the industry--as only an insider could.

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Believing calls for economic independence from oil to be an insupportable "overdramatization and sterile overreaction to oil's cyclical behavior," Maugery (Group Senior Vice President for Strategies and Development at Eni, the Italian oil company) seeks to counter the "trap of catastrophism" that he sees as infiltrating the public discussion as deeply as the George W. Bush administration. He sets out to debunk these fears by describing this cyclical behavior through the history of the oil industry and similarly recurrent fears about oil shortages, fears that would produce a damaging American interventionist policy in the Middle East, as he suggests. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
ISBN: 9780275990084
Branch Call Number: 338.27282 M442a
Characteristics: xx, 340 p. ; 25 cm


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sreedharnalam Jun 02, 2012

Wonderful book!! If you want to know the journey of oil, its birth to its current position in world economics this is the best book.


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