BLACK GOLD: The Story of Oil by W. E. Butterworth

BLACK GOLD: The Story of Oil

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Beginning in ancient China but really getting started with the first well drilled in the U.S., Butterworth traces the history of oil companies, oil pioneers, oil at war (I and II) and (boosting profits) in the proliferating automobile, and, more currently, oil as a pollutant. Without any overall analysis or any illumination of oil politics of the present or future, Butterworth does describe how individuals have been screwed by trusts and conspiracies and how corruption has marked corporate and government dealings. As for the present conflict between filling energy needs and protecting the environment, Butterworth counsels a middle course but actually veers toward the former priority. Photos of trucks, planes, tankers, drilling and pumping sites, etc., reflect the author's interest in vehicles and technological monuments.

Pub Date: May 26th, 1975
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Four Winds