"Brimming with rich conceptual insights and expert empirical detail."
"You will not find a better guide to the new geopolitics of hydrocarbons."
Michael Ross, University of California Los Angeles
"No comparable book so effectively covers the core issues as well as Oil and none so effectively provides a road synthesis of key trends and debates with such economy of style and richness of detail."
Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley
"This book is a 'must-read' antidote to current arguments about the scarcity of oil. Not only do Bridge and Le Billon comprehensively demolish those claims, they positively submit a twenty-first century 'beyond oil's prospective' for the future."
Peter R. Odell, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
"The book Oil published by leading resource geographers Gavin Bridge and Philippe Le Billon in the 'Resources' series of Polity provides the most up-to-date and well-balanced analysis of the challenges faced by the global petroleum industry today and their implications for social studies of energy affairs. The book offers an empirically grounded and conceptually informed critique without being heavily immersed in critical geographical theory. Oil is an essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary politics of hydrocarbons and delivers much needed teaching material for both undergraduate and graduate courses on extractive economies."
Karg Kama, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford