Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ehwall - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DustinB1983 - LibraryThing
“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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