Internal Combustion

  • by Edwin Black
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Enthralling." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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HORRIBLY Biased and annoying

I have been an audible subscriber for over 10 years and have listened to over 800 books. This really has to be one of the worst books because of its overbearing nature.

I am very much a supporter of Greenpeace and am pro environment but the author clouds good research and information with severly biased barbs. Literally every 10th sentance in this book is a negative comment, insult or criticism of big business or big oil.

I probably would have actually enjoyed the book from all the facinating information and detailed background if the author would have let the facts speak for themselves. The history and background are well researched, unbiased and clearly explained. However, the author has to taint the historical facts with his overbearing opinions to the point of being obnoxious and revolting.

I could not even finish the book because I could not tollerate it. Take heed to the author's own recommendations in the preface of the book: warning to reader, if you can not read this book from cover to cover, then do NOT bother reading this book.
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- Edmund W. Cheung

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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- rcfreud

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio