by Sonia Shah - £13.99 Seven Stories (2004)
hardback ISBN 13: 9781583226254 | ISBN 10: 1583226257
'Crude' is the story of the black gold that eclipsed King Coal, decisibely won the Great War, propelled the west from the industrial revolution to the Plastic Age, and ultimately divided the world of nations into three camps: the powerful, the powerless, and the power-hungry. In the tradition of 'Salt' and 'Cod', author and journalist Sonia Shah elegantly weaves together the science, economics, politics and social history of oil in a way that will forever change the way we look at the world's most coveted and contentious mineral. She takes us on a globe-trotting journey to the far corners of the earth and the depths of the seas, with would-be oil barons, hundreds of Nigerian women who stormed a Chevron plant and a monomaniacal scientist who speaks of oil's "lovely organic molecules."As geopolitical conflicts rage and reserves diminish, our dependancy on oil only rises. The search for oil, Shah suggests, is a race against time.
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