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Internal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the U.S. and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in 10 years, not in five years, but today. Award-winning author Edwin Black has mined scores of corporate and government archives to assemble thousands of previously uncovered and long-forgotten documents and studies bearing on this dramatic story. He traces a continuum of rapacious energy cartels and special interests dating back nearly 5,000 years, from wood to coal to oil, and then to the bicycle and electric-battery cartels of the 1890s, which created thousands of electric vehicles that plied American streets a century ago. But those noiseless and clean cars were scuttled by petroleum interests, despite the little-known efforts of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to mass-produce electric cars powered by personal backyard energy stations. Black also documents how General Motors criminally conspired to undermine mass transit in dozens of cities and how Big Oil, Big Corn, and Big Coal have subverted synthetic fuels and other alternatives.
He then brings the story full-circle to present day oil crises, global warming, and beyond. Black showcases the overlooked compressed-gas, electric, and hydrogen cars on the market today, as well as inexpensive all-function home energy units that could eliminate much oil usage. His eye-opening call for a Manhattan Project for immediate energy independence will help energize society to finally take action.
Internal Combustion can change everything, not by reinventing the wheel, but by excavating it from where it was buried a century ago.
©2006 Edwin Black; (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc.
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"Enthralling." (Publishers Weekly)
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By rcfreud on 01-18-07

Read it and take ACTION!

Edwin Black's intensive research and ability to communicate dry facts and figures in a unique and interesting way made this listen one that was hard to interrupt. In my opinion he takes THE most complicated, critically important issue facing the world today and makes it easy to understand by leading us through oil's historical slippery slope by the hand then up the "other side" of the energy valley. It's a listen that demands personal action! Outstanding! Every engineer, no every American should read or listen to this work!

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By Nathanial on 10-05-09

Hard to hear the truth ...

This book is accurate and in its accuracy it can be at times difficult to hear the truths presented. I can see how a lot of older readers/listeners can deny these truths at every turn; It's hard for me as a 40 year old to understand why as free citizens we systematically allowed corporate interests to monopolize our entire society over the last 100 years. The good ol' days indeed, hope you enjoyed em' guys!

This book is incredible. 10 stars if I could give them.

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