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The Tyranny of Oil

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The Tyranny of Oil

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

By Antonia Juhasz

Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061434518, 468pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009


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.

Praise For The Tyranny of Oil

“A brave, groundbreaking case study.…A good first step toward true energy independence is to read this insightful book.”
-Christian Science Monitor

“[Juhasz] reminds us that those who don’t learn the lessons of history are fated to repeat its mistakes.”
-USA Today

“Well-written.…presciently criticizes the weak oversight of the oil futures market.”
-Washington Post

“[A] timely, blistering critique…this white-hot polemic explores many of the industry’s complex and secret practices.…Explosive fuel for the raging debate on oil prices.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“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.”
-Toronto Star

“[A] thorough, readable takedown of Big Oil.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A worthy successor to The Prize... A riveting read with a bold blueprint for ending the madness.”
-Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

“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.”
-Michael T. Klare, author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.

“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.”
-Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, International Campaign to Ban Landmines.Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, International Campaign to Ban Landmines.Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, International Campaign to B

“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.”
-Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

“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.”
-Colonel Ann Wright, Retired, U.S. Army Reserves

“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!”
-Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace and Global Exchange