The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry--And What We Must Do to Stop It

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Who's really driving oil and gas prices? How much oil is left? How far will Big Oil go to get it, and at what cost to the environment, human rights, the economy, worker safety, public health, and democracy?

Here, at last, are the answers we've been looking for—and the inside story on Big Oil.

In The Tyranny of Oil, Antonia Juhasz investigates the true state of the companies collectively known as "Big Oil," uncovering their unparalleled global ...

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Overview

Who's really driving oil and gas prices? How much oil is left? How far will Big Oil go to get it, and at what cost to the environment, human rights, the economy, worker safety, public health, and democracy?

Here, at last, are the answers we've been looking for—and the inside story on Big Oil.

In The Tyranny of Oil, Antonia Juhasz investigates the true state of the companies collectively known as "Big Oil," uncovering their unparalleled global financial power, their political dominance, and their increasingly destructive plans for the future. And she tells us what we can do about it.

A tool for meaningful change that blends history, original investigative research and reporting, candid interviews with key insiders, and a unique focus on activism, The Tyranny of Oil is required reading for every concerned global citizen.

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Editorial Reviews

Terry Tamminen
“A worthy successor to The Prize... A riveting read with a bold blueprint for ending the madness.”
Michael T. Klare
“A no-holds-barred book that traces the story of Big Oil from the rise of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company to the scandals and obscene profits of today.”
Jody Williams
“Juhasz identifies and articulates an extraordinary problem, provides the critical details, offers real solutions, and gives concrete steps to achieve them. In a world that glorifies war and violence, Juhasz offers thoughtfulness and activism.”
Daniel Ellsberg
“In a time of crisis, Juhasz bravely and expertly exposes the inner workings of an industry and a government riddled with secrets, lies, and deception. She offers the crucial hard evidence—without which public awareness and reform are impossible. Read this book and refuse to be tyranny’s accomplice.”
Colonel - Ann Wright
"If our military troops, and the American public, want to know why the US invaded and occupied Iraq, here is the answer. Get your notebooks ready for the facts about oil and the people and companies that are the richest in the world."
Medea Benjamin
“Juhasz lifts the veil covering Big Oil to uncover an orgy of speculation, mergers, collusion, deregulation, tax evasion, and unprecedented profits.…[she] points the way out and inspires us to free ourselves from Big Oil’s grip to build a more secure, sustainable and peaceful future. Read it and act!”
Colonel Ann Wright
“If our military troops, and the American public, want to know why the US invaded and occupied Iraq, here is the answer. Get your notebooks ready for the facts about oil and the people and companies that are the richest in the world.”
Christian Science Monitor
“A brave, groundbreaking case study.…A good first step toward true energy independence is to read this insightful book.”
Toronto Star
“Part homage to 150 years of anti-monopoly muckraking and trust-busting and part signpost to where the leading edge of the environmental and social activist movements are headed.”
Washington Post
“Well-written.…presciently criticizes the weak oversight of the oil futures market.”
USA Today
“[Juhasz] reminds us that those who don’t learn the lessons of history are fated to repeat its mistakes.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061434518
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 468
  • Sales rank: 701,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonia Juhasz is a leading oil industry, international trade, and finance policy expert. She is the author of The Bush Agenda. A frequent media commentator, Juhasz's writing has been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She is a director at Global Exchange in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition vii

1 Big Oil's Last Stand 1

2 The Birth and Breakup of Standard Oil 18

3 Big Oil Bounces Back: From the Breakup to the Near Reconvergence of Standard Oil 56

4 Driving the Price of Crude 126

5 Paying the Price: Consolidation, High Gas Prices, and Contempt 169

6 Lobbyists, Lawyers, and Elections: How Big Oil Kills Democracy 209

7 Big Oil's Big Plans for the Future, Part I: Environmental Destruction 273

8 Big Oil's Big Plans for the Future, Part II: Wars for Oil 319

9 Taking On Big Oil 370

Acknowledgments 399

Notes 401

Index 435

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