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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dialog Press (September 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914153072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914153078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international investigative author of 80 bestselling editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work nine times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. All of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with three in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. He is the editor of The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly. Black's ten award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003), The Transfer Agreement (1984), and a 1999 novel, Format C:. His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L'Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal. Black's articles are syndicated worldwide by Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Syndicate, JTA and Feature Group News Service.

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Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international investigative author of 120 bestselling editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With more than a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work nine times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. All of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with three in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. He is the editor of The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly.

Black's eleven award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001 & 2012), Financing the Flames (2013), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003 and 2012), The Transfer Agreement (1984 and 2009), and a 1999 novel, Format C:. His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L'Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal. Black's articles are syndicated worldwide by Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Syndicate, JTA and Feature Group News Service.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Chapin on September 21, 2008
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Edwin Black, already an award-winning journalist and investigator for his previous books such as "IBM and the Holocaust" and "War Against the Weak", deserves an award for national service for producing his latest work "The Plan: How to Save America the Day After the Oil Stops--or Perhaps the Day Before." This book should shake up all Americans, and their political establishment, to wake up and take notice of the United States' peril. America has become dependent on foreign countries to feed its oil addiction.

Do Senators McCain and Obama have a Plan of their own to address the ramifications of a shortfall in supplies of petroleum to the US? Have they considered the potential chaos that would ensue in the US if the purveyors of oil come up short?

Edwin Black has certainly done his homework in accessing government documents, anonymous sources, and government websites. Just one of the possibilities Black points out is that should there be a military strike in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran, the US would have to tap its Strategic Petroleum Reserve immediately. Within days, America would have to beg its allies to supply its oil habit. Given that President George W. Bush was unable to secure additional oil production from supposed-ally Saudi Arabia this year, it should be clear to most that the situation begs a solution.

Black is able to suggest a Plan to break the habit of oil consumption through a program that includes retrofitting vehicles and tapping into alternative sources of energy that will free Americans from dependence on countries such as Venezuela and Iran, which have made clear their geopolitical enmity towards the U.S. His latest book, The Plan, is alarming but should move Americans - and the current presidential election - towards discussing how technologies currently available and in development can be harnessed to free their country and start what could promise to be another Industrial Revolution.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Panochey on November 11, 2008
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Edwin Black opens the conversation we as Americans need to be having yesterday. There is no time to put off addressing the fact that our transportation $$$$ are going to countries who shout "Death to America!!". The only way for the US to remain a leader in the free world is to be free from the corrupting influence that being beholden for fuel causes. Buy the book.

I especially like the FASA, (Foriegn Agents Security Act) being applied to energy lobbyists, but I think it runs short. I say apply it to ALL lobbyists! Buy the book.

Invest in America. Buy two of these books. Keep one for yourself, (to lend out after reading), and send the other to your congressperson. If they get enough copies maybe they'll get the message. Wouldn't it be great if they started receiving 5 copies a day? 10 copies a day? 100 copies a day?!???!!! Then start emailing them and calling, inquiring if they received your copy. Buy the book.

With the car-makers coming to congress hat-in-hand looking for a bailout, now is the time, (Nov 2008), to make them build more efficient vehicles. A plug-in hybrid that runs on CNG, (compressed natural gas), is EXISTING technology. If you add solar power to a house, the cost of driving a car goes to a penny a mile! (or close enough.)

Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more vital to the United States right now than energy independence, period. Our children's future rides on it. Buy the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William T. Mckenzie on February 21, 2010
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I remember as a young boy reading Popular Mechanics magazine and there would always be a story of some students from a technical school that had developed a vehicle that attained 100 miles per gallon, and I wondered why we could not have cars which achieved those results. Having waited over 40 years , and seen the American auto industry improve little on fuel efficiency, I realize that government has not ' pushed in this area to allow / force this to happen. When President Kennedy stated in the early 1960:s that a man would walk on the moon before the end of the decade , resources were created that allowed this to become a reality.

The facts are clear that not only has the government not pushed in this area , but it has not allowed this to happen because of the strong lobbies of big oil and the auto industry .

Edwin Black in this short book outlines a ' plan'to get off of the addiction for oil, through the development of alternative fuel source vehicles. He outlines and demonstrates how vulnerable we are as a country to be shut down by hostile forces or events of nature which would cut off our supply of oil.

In this transition phase to alternate fuels he acknowledges the painful steps that must be taken to achieve oil independence, stressing that internal drilling or offshore production is similar to putting a filter on a cigarette,

The plan is a quick oveview , not a techical outline so the steps can be clearly understood by all readers. It is short , and very current and a quick one sitting read.

I have a feeling my granddaughter will be reading Popular Mechanics magazines about students who have developed 100 mile per gallon vehicles , and wondering why they are not in production; well the answer is not because there is not a
plan.

READ IT TO YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2010
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This is a very short little book that purports to be a plan for dealing with an oil crisis. The author lays the groundwork by introducing the precarious oil situation we find ourselves in and describing the potential for an oil crisis of one kind or another. He then lays out his plan by describing different stages of action that would have to happen from immediate rationing and curtailment of demand to longer-term projects to get off oil permanently. The book is chock-full of interesting bits of information and ideas that may be new to many readers. How many people have heard of the Naval Reserve or the idea of using ammonia as a fuel? In this sense, the book is very thought-provoking and eye-opening.

In spite of all of this, I have a few reservations about the presentation. First of all, there is a lot of hyperbole in the book. Oil certainly has the potential to create a great crisis and the oil and auto industries have certainly engaged in some amazing activities that almost demand hyperbolic language to describe. However, sometimes an important idea gets watered down by using such drastic language about everything. Second, Black sometimes comes across as sounding like a conspiracy theorist. Whether it be pointing out how American companies colluded with Nazi Germany or each other in forcing oil on the American public or how current car companies try to keep technology off the road, he paints a picture of powerful forces aligned against progress that even include the government in some cases.
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