- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393239683
- ISBN-13: 978-0393239683
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Oracle of Oil is a masterful telling of Hubbert’s life and ideas, written by journalist Mason Inman, a knowledgeable and graceful storyteller.”
- Charles Hall, Science
“[Inman’s] sympathetic but clear-sighted portrayal is. . . a fascinating read.”
- Ed Crooks, Financial Times
“In Hubbert’s story, Inman has found a meditation on the booms and busts that marked twentieth-century economic growth. . . . In writing the first biography of Hubbert, Inman has retrieved, if not rescued, the story of a scientist who has much to offer to today’s energy conundrum.”
- Gregor Macdonald, Nature
“The Oracle of Oil is an enlightening book that pays fitting tribute to a brave scientist who cautioned about our reliance on oil and our need to transition to a renewable energy economy, long before it was fashionable.”
- Olive Heffernan, Nature Energy
“Inman paints a well-researched, well-written portrait of a driven and gifted scientist who stood up to politicians and oil conglomerates alike. The Oracle of Oil provides a compelling perspective on what Hubbert might have called society's fossil fuel folly.”
- Thomas Sumner, Science News
“Visionaries invariably fascinate us, but this engaging biography of a prophetic oil geologist, M. King Hubbert, is more than just an absorbing read: It reveals wise insight into how we might still turn our reckless slide down the back side of Hubbert's infamous peak into a reasonably soft landing.”
- Alan Weisman, New York Times best-selling author of The World Without Us
“An instructive account of the power of groupthink and the value of independent minds.”
- Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times Book Review
“The Oracle of Oil is a great example of how bringing the past alive can help us make sense of the future. Both Hubbert the man and his big idea are fascinating, and together they make a rich biography.”
- Sam Kean, New York Times best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon
“This is a remarkable account of a remarkable man―and for that matter of a remarkable moment in American history, when we began to realize there were limits to our endless expansion.”
- Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
About the Author
Mason Inman is an award-winning journalist who focuses on energy and climate issues. He has written for National Geographic News, Science, Nature, and The Economist, and has reported from Bangladesh and Pakistan. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Anyone who reads this book will come away with a much clearer picture of our energy situation today and how we got here. By applying lessons learned and studying people from our past we can be better stewards of our future. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested the history of the oil industry but more broadly, anyone looking for inspiration to create a better world for the next generation.
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