Red Devil Outtake
Compelling and uplifting. Compelling and even uplifting. Copiously footnoted revelations... Black is not an alarmist or conspiracy buff and succeeds in maintaining an apolitical and objective distance from his material.
Devastating clarity. Enthralling. Compelling. Black (IBM and the Holocaust) spins the history of oil's ascendancy to dominance over the global energy market into a sordid tale of conspiracy, deception and murder. This enthralling book... well-researched... manages to keep this complex history compelling. By the time the author makes his final, impassioned plea for a bold new solution to the world's energy crisis, he has already made his case with devastating clarity.
Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
Impressive research. The author's impressive research speaks for itself, building layer upon layer of historical details that defy easy interpretation and bring an obscure slice of America's past to life.
This is the book. This is the book I have been waiting to read... Black covers a lot of ground in what critics say is a well-researched book that avoids falling into the conspiracy theories or alarmist prose that this subject can elicit.
St. Petersburg Times
Do a doubletake. May have you doing a double take in the stores (as) the author of IBM and the Holocaust discusses oil's rise as the world's preferred energy-maker over wood, coal, and gas.
2006 Review of New Books
Essential reading. Meaty. Although essential reading for any eco-minded idealist seeking solutions for global warming and the looming oil crisis, the meaty tome is chiefly devoted to uncovering how such potentially catastrophic problems emerged in the first place.
Relentless, meticulous. The relentless author of the essential IBM and the Holocaust presents a meticulously researched case that leads to the inescapable conclusion that our present energy "crisis" is just the latest chapter of a criminal scheme as old as civilization itself.
Top Ten Books of 2006
Maddening – and riveting – revelations. As author Edwin Black warns early on in Internal Combustion, “This book is not about green, it is about greed.” Although it's essential reading for any eco-minded idealist seeking solutions for global warming and the looming oil crisis, the meaty tome is chiefly devoted to uncovering how such potentially catastrophic problems emerged in the first place.
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