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This readable history of recent U.S. energy policy by a former Carter administration energy bureaucrat who now heads the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is, not surprisingly, most laudatory when considering his former boss's efforts in the energy portfolio. Looking back at the period from 1977 to 1982 (when oil imports dropped by half), Hakes notes the two- to six-year time lag it takes for federal legislation to manifest itself and offers this kernel to citizens: "Any politician who promises immediate results is probably going to make things worse." He offers seven ways the nation can regain its energy independence, the most intriguing and refreshing of which is perhaps his call to make energy conservation a patriotic duty. Hakes's insights into the politics of energy make the book especially relevant this voting season, and it would be a good addition to larger collections.