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5.0 out of 5 stars History Repeats Itself, September 18, 2010
This review is from: Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age (Paperback)
The very informative and cautionary analysis of this book successfully juxtaposes the story of Ishmael, Ahab and the crew of the Pequod with the not yet complete story of humankind's global hunger for oil and the struggle between its short term profit goals and the longer term goals of protecting the planet for the future crew of the world. The background study of Herman Melville is fascinating and supports the thesis that Melville's Moby-Dick served to warn it's 19th century readers how commerce and industrialization (the pursuit of whale oil) could be a destructive force if blindly followed without self reflection. The book is convincing in its argument that the same message is vividly relevant today as we continue to blindly chase petroleum in spite of the future risks to the planet and our culture. The short history of the petroleum industry was an eye opener for this reader who had no background in the subject, and it put the issues facing us into chilling perspective when you realize the magnitude and scale of this global issue for those who profit from it as well as those who will be injured.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, October 7, 2010
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Sean Fitzpatrick (Houston, TX United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age (Paperback)
This is a thought-provoking read and a real gift. A hybrid -- literary study, mythic exegesis, cultural history, and primer in both contemporary oil production and the whaling industry -- this lucid and accessible work is the best kind of applied scholarship. It offers us a balanced understanding of the deeper currents of our relationship with energy. Without scolding, Wagner points us toward the fundamental shifts in understanding necessary -- and already in progress -- to ease our transition out of the petroleum age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The view from Peak Oil, September 22, 2010
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roustabout (Los Angeles, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age (Paperback)
The author's brilliant analysis and deep reading of "Moby-Dick" reveals Melville's uncanny prescience in foretelling the crossroads at which the modern world finds itself today -- a clash between the old biblical mythology of domination and exploitation versus an impending crisis of limited resources. A must read for those wanting insight into the invisible forces moving markets and mindsets today, and particularly eye-opening for those of us working in the petroleum industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Age of Petroleum from the top of mast...., August 19, 2010
This review is from: Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age (Paperback)
I am an owner of a small business and oftentimes I feel in the role of Captain Ahab. Personally, I struggle with the concept of sustainability and values in my task of leading an economical enterprise at this moment in the Age of Petroleum. I particularly found Bob Wagner's approach--weaving text, author, image, mythic theme- fascinating!! I felt connected to his writing style and to him as a fellow human /author / observer. Wagner does a remarkable job placing the madness and chaos of today's economy into some form of sensibility. He must feel a strong kinship to Ishmael, the outcast / observer.

JTM
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5.0 out of 5 stars A demanding call to sustain life, September 12, 2010
This review is from: Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age (Paperback)
Bob Wagner's account of Moby Dick demanded me to realize their are current Captain Ahab's in corporate
directors clothing, They lead their followers to short sighted conclusive goals that the myths invalidate.
Does our comprehension of this oil goal deny our true final destination? This really provoked my interest.
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Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age
Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age by Robert D. Wagner Jr. (Paperback - July 17, 2010)
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