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These books as well as the article below allow readers to delve into the many conplex issues of oil's past, present, and future.

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THE PRIZE
By Daniel Yergin
This comprehensive history of the oil industry won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1992. Yergin is Chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

THE COLOR OF OIL: THE HISTORY, THE MONEY AND THE POLITICS OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST BUSINESS
By Michael Economides
Round Oak Publishing Company, 2000.
This text provides a comprehensive breakdown of the origins of the American oil industry, and its impact on the way American conducts itself economically and politically.

NONTECHNICAL GUIDE TO PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, EXPLORATION, DRILLING AND PRODUCTION
Norman J. Hyne
Pennwell Books, 1985.
This detailed guide explores the geological and technical aspects of petroleum exploration -- from identifying its location within the earth's crust to actually extracting the oil from the wells both onshore and offshore.

OUT OF GAS: THE END OF THE AGE OF OIL
By David Goodstein
W.W. Norton & Company, 2004.
This text, written by a Caltech professor, argues with refreshingly little jargon, that we will have fully exhausted the world's oil supplies by 2100 at the very latest. Goodstein acknowledges that not all experts share his opinion, but the solutions to the oil crisis he imparts are universally instructive since its clear oil cannot serve as our primary fuel source forever.

THE OIL FACTOR: HOW OIL CONTROLS THE ECONOMY AND YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
By Donna Leeb and Stephen Leeb
Warner Books, 2004.
This book predicts that the U.S. economy is headed for a serious fall due to oil shortages and significant dependence on foreign oil, investigates the longstanding relationship between the cost of oil and the economy.

TITAN: THE LIFE OF JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, SR.
By Ron Chernow
Vintage, 1999.
At its peak, Rockefeller's company, Standard Oil, boasted control over about 90 percent of U.S. oil production. This biography of John D. Rockefeller investigates the making of the most famous oil tycoon in history.

HUBBERT'S PEAK: THE IMPENDING WORLD OIL SHORTAGE
By Kenneth S. Deffeyes
Princeton University Press, 2003.
Deffeyes has modernized the predictions of M. King Hubbert while re-affirming the basic prediction that we are quickly running out of oil.



ARTICLES

"The End of Cheap Oil." National Geographic, June 2004.
By Tim Appenzeller
The author goes on an oil rig, visits the Canadian tar sands, and interviews scientists and other experts to assess the status of the global supply and demand of oil.



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