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Who's really driving oil and gas prices? How much oil is left? How far will Big Oil go to get it, and at what cost to the environment, human rights, the economy, worker safety, public health, and democracy?

Here, at last, are the answers we've been looking for—and the inside story on Big Oil.

In The Tyranny of Oil, Antonia Juhasz investigates the true state of the companies collectively known as "Big Oil," uncovering their unparalleled global financial power, their political dominance, and their increasingly destructive plans for the future. And she tells us what we can do about it.

A tool for meaningful change that blends history, original investigative research and reporting, candid interviews with key insiders, and a unique focus on activism, The Tyranny of Oil is required reading for every concerned global citizen.

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 6, 2009
ISBN: 9780061982019
List price: $11.88
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An extremely disquieting book, and rightfully so, Juhasz’s expose of the Big Oil industry works forward from history as context, beginning with the industry’s origins in the United States through the government anti-trust action that broke up Standard Oil in 1911. The flawed oversight of the break-up that allowed the industry to form a cartel is next examined, ending with the castration of oversight agencies under Reagan and Bush I and the mega-mergers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Juhasz spends the majority of the rest of the book detailing how the Oil Industry manipulates oil and gas prices, controls elections and legislation, destroys the environment, and even uses the United States to wage war for its international interests. With such widespread power, the final chapter on meaningful strategies to correct the power imbalance is necessarily somewhat meager, but what the book lacks in a general plan of action is more than made up in its clear elucidation of the manifest evils that can be attributed to the industry and its governmental, faux-scientific, and legal cronies. Somewhat graphic depictions of environmental disasters and workers’ injuries.read more
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An extremely disquieting book, and rightfully so, Juhasz’s expose of the Big Oil industry works forward from history as context, beginning with the industry’s origins in the United States through the government anti-trust action that broke up Standard Oil in 1911. The flawed oversight of the break-up that allowed the industry to form a cartel is next examined, ending with the castration of oversight agencies under Reagan and Bush I and the mega-mergers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Juhasz spends the majority of the rest of the book detailing how the Oil Industry manipulates oil and gas prices, controls elections and legislation, destroys the environment, and even uses the United States to wage war for its international interests. With such widespread power, the final chapter on meaningful strategies to correct the power imbalance is necessarily somewhat meager, but what the book lacks in a general plan of action is more than made up in its clear elucidation of the manifest evils that can be attributed to the industry and its governmental, faux-scientific, and legal cronies. Somewhat graphic depictions of environmental disasters and workers’ injuries.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Ok read from the start but kind of went dry with alot on US politics.
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