Here are stories of how the petroleum industry started out and how it grew to be the most powerful industry in the world.
The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power
Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.
The Seven Sisters: the Great Oil Companies and the world they made
An older book, but well worth reading. Exxon, Gulf, Texaco, Mobil, Socal, BP, and Shell: five huge American companies, one British company, and one Anglo-Dutch concern dominated the world of oil for most of the century following the first Pennsylvania strike. How did this largest and most critical of the world's industries come under the control of these seven giants, and what will happen to them now, balanced on the tightrope between the demands of consumers and their partnership with the producing countries of OPEC?
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car.
Private Empire: ExxonMobil And American Power
This book offers a look at the inside of the world's most powerful company. Follow the story through oil spills and government entanglements as the executives of ExxonMobil wrangle for control of everything.
Paradise Lost: The Decline Of The Auto-Industrial Age
Presciently writing in 1973 she says that social and technical changes underway will challenge the auto industry: fewer people will go to work in large factories, fewer children per family will reduce the appeal of suburban life, more people will live and work in clusters, improved telecommunication...all will reduce the demand for personal transportation.
The Race For What’s Left: The Global Scramble For The World’s Last Resources
The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion---a crisis that encompasses shortages of oil and coal, copper and cobalt, water and arable land. With all of the Earth’s accessible areas already being exploited, the desperate hunt for supplies has now reached the final frontiers.
In OIL 101, Downey provides the facts one needs to understand oil, from its history and chemistry, to refining, finished products, storage, transportation, alternatives, and how prices are determined every day in global wholesale oil markets and how those markets are connected to prices at the pump.
The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
First invented in 1947, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has not only become a major source of energy, it is changing the way we use energy, and the energy we use. It is both a threat and a godsend for the environment, and it is leading the revival of manufacturing in the United States. The “best all-around book yet on fracking” (San Francisco Chronicle) from a Pulitzer Prize finalist: “Gold's work is a tour de force of contemporary journalism” (Booklist).
This small collection of books tell a fascinating story and all the inside dope about the companies that came to such economic and political prominence. Without these stories you could have little clue what happened in the twentieth century.