"Oil remains vital to global security. In this very readable book, Steve Yetiv dispels myths and provides a fascinating account both for analysts and for the general public." -- Joseph S. Nye, Jr, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and author of Is the American Century Over?
"Steve Yetiv sets the record straight, exploding a number of misconceptions surrounding the politics and economics oil. In particular, he provides a well-timed corrective to exaggerated views about the potential contributions of the recent surge in U.S. oil output to national and international energy security. Along the way, the book offers a valuable primer on oil markets, the geopolitics of oil, and the true costs of oil dependence as well as the most promising approach for reducing oil insecurity." -- John Duffield, Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University
"An eye opening account of the impact of increased American oil production on international politics by one of America's foremost oil analysts. Neither a doomsayer nor a wild eyed optimist, Yetiv shows why and how changes in the supply of oil will directly affect American interests and world stability. A timely and invaluable work for anyone who wants to understand how oil shapes our lives."--Steven David, Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
"A superb book on the changing dynamics of U.S. and global energy security and politics-wonderfully researched and written-a must-read for those interested in security studies, American foreign-policy, and international political economy."--Patrick James, Dornsife Dean's Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California; former Vice President, International Studies Association
"An oil policy wonk's dream: a clear, detailed position paper presenting the factors affecting US energy security and future oil price stability. [Yetiv] loads his book with in-depth data and offers geopolitical scenarios encompassing sovereign countries, the world's major oil producing cartels and independent national producers. Yetiv makes the powerful argument that the best way to improve America's future oil price and supply security is to cut its reliance on oil. Richly sourced and featuring an extensive index, this dense work presents a sophisticated understanding of the true state of oil and its discontents."--getAbstract
"Richly sourced and featuring an extensive index...presents a sophisticated understanding of the true state of oil and its discontents." -- getAbstract
"Myths of the Oil Boom assumes a much welcomed long-term energy security focus. Yetiv acknowledges the benefits of the recent American oil boom but forcefully contends this is not enough to inoculate us from the vagaries of foreign oil...What we need then is a dramatic "moonshot program" to wean Americans off our addiction to petroleum...Yetiv tackles oil security comprehensively, then, deftly weaves primers on oil markets with broader discussion on the geopolitics of oil. Richly sourced but written for a general audience, the analysis highlights oil [as] one of the defining features of our age." -- Professor Michael Gunter, New York Journal of Books
"This book by Yetiv is a fascinating scholarly treatise on the current US oil boom and its long-term effects on American and global national security. Setting out to demolish myths and misconceptions, the author studies the oil industry within the context of oil prices, geopolitics, and the negative repercussions of oil use on the environment and society...the author's arguments are thought provoking, painstakingly researched, and presented in a way that is accessible to most readers...Highly recommended."
"Myths of the Oil Boom provides a comprehensive introduction to the problems related to the Age of Oil...Yetiv is convincing and exhaustive in arguing that international security will never be reached simply through more control over oil supplies, but requires a new quest: that of a different world energy paradigm." --H-Net Reviews
About the Author
Steve A. Yetiv is the Louis I. Jaffe Professor of International Relations at Old Dominion University. In addition to eight books, he has published over 250 editorials in papers including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor, and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN and NPR.