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Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives Paperback – Bargain Price, December 10, 2007
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Starred Review. Black (IBM and the Holocaust) spins the history of oil's ascendancy to dominance over the global energy market into a sordid tale of conspiracy, deception and murder. This enthralling book begins in the vast forests of Cyprus, whose wood fueled the ancient Mediterranean, and extends through the Elizabethan era, in which the Hostmen guild of Newcastle exerted political influence by monopolizing the British coal supply. The central thread of this well-researched book, which draws upon a vast array of archival sources and an extensive list of secondary texts, picks up centuries later with the competition in the American automotive market between electric power and oil-fueled internal combustion. The definitive blow in favor of oil comes with WWI, which prompted increased demand for gas-powered vehicles at the very moment Thomas Edison and Henry Ford aborted plans to develop an affordable electric car. The decades-long "General Motors conspiracy" solidifies the demise of electrically powered mass transit in American cities. Through it all, Black manages to keep this complex history compelling. By the time the author makes his final, impassioned plea for a bold new solution to the world's energy crisis, he has already made his case with devastating clarity. (Oct.)
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<div><div> By the time the author makes his final, impassioned plea for a bold new solution to the world s energy crisis, he has already made his case with devastating clarity. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Mr . Black in this well researched book , illustrates why oil is our drug of choice, overtaking what at one time appeared to be much more regional friendly forms of energy , such as electric , and more recently hydrogen.
The blatant destruction of the electric trains , and the buying - out of
any prospect of the wide-spread use of electric as the source for powering personal vehicles is outlined thoroughly, as part of the reason that we are " energy hostages " to unfriendly forces are laid out in a concise manner.
The shame of the matter is that it is now apparent that those who concieved this plan , were aware of the limited nature of the resource that they had hooked us on.
We are now paying the price, literally , for this near sighted,
plan that looked more to fill the pockets of the creators, rather than to benefit the public.
Read this book , and you will see how we are in a "fix" that was preventable , and could have easily not have occured.
It is the frustration of finding out how close we were to not having it happen that is the
most eye- opening and aggrevating piece of this little known sequence
of events .
Once again Mr. Black discovers the truth , and leaves us to think how different our world would be if the greed for oil had been hampered
It's a great history lesson, and Black does a great job backing up every claim. This book will definitely excite you and piss you off at the same time, as you'll see how the little man and great American innovation is/has been fun to watch, while corporations and the individuals that are businessmen first, and innovators second, have done much to put us in the hole we're in today.