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The title is appropriate - Crude World - each chapter is a small narrative and description of how a specific place has been affected by oil extraction (Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Russia, etc). But the subtitle is misleading - The Violent Twilight of Oil - only the first chapter touches on the violence, conflict and probable outcomes of Peak Oil, which is why I bought the book in the first place. After chapter 1, it's all make-you-feel-guilty descriptions of the past and current misery of locals, the corruption of governments and the greed of big business, without any alternative viewpoints or perspectives or future predictions. The author is good at telling the narrative, no doubt. And the author does relay interviews with good sources. But ultimately, this is a bleeding-heart "look at all the bad things oil has done" history - not a long-term strategic perspective on the "Twilight" of the petroleum age.
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The quality of the investigation and point of views from the author were very interesting and informative.
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