Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives

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Random House Children's Books, Jan 10, 2012 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 192 pages
Oil is not pretty, but it is a resource that drives the modern world.  It has made fortunes for the lucky few and provided jobs for millions of ordinary folks.

Thick and slippery, crude oil has an evil smell. Yet without it, life as we live it today would be impossible. Oil fuels our engines, heats our homes, and powers the machines that make the everyday things we take for granted, from shopping bags to computers to medical equipment. Nations throughout the last century have gone to war over it.  Indeed, oil influences every aspect of modern life. It helps shape the history, society, politics, and economy of every nation on earth.

This riveting new book explores what oil is and the role this precious resource has played in America and the world.

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I want to start by talking about the illustration on the cover. I truly believe the one instance where the “don’t judge a book by its cover” rule does not apply is to actual books. I chose to read ... Read full review

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“Black Gold” is the story of oil in human society. In this book aimed at young readers, Marrin tracks the use of oil in our world and its impact. It opens with the prehistoric origins of oil and ... Read full review


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The Destiny of Nations 32
Automobiles and Middle Eastern Oil 49
Hopeless Monsters 70
Richest Prize Greatest Problem 91
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Notes 161

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ALBERT MARRIN is the author of numerous highly regarded nonfiction books for young readers, including Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy, Years of Dust, and Sitting Bull and His World. His many honors include the Washington Children's Book Guild and Washington Post Non-Fiction Award for an "outstanding lifetime contribution that has enriched the field of children's literature," the James Madison Book Award for lifetime achievement, and the National Endowment for Humanities Medal awarded to him by President George W. Bush.

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