Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal by Michael Brune is what we expect from the director
of Rainforest Action Network -- a clear, concise guide to taking action to taking on one of the
most pressing issues of our time.
The Tyranny of Oil by Antonia Juhasz (2008). After reviewing the history of muckraker
Ida Tarbell's investigation and expose of the Rockefeller empire, this bold examination of
the oil industry suggests what we can do to challenge the power Big Oil has over
energy and other public policies.
Crude: The Story of Oil (2004) by Sonia Shah is an excellent overview. A good book for intelligent beginners.
Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil (2004) by David Goodstein, professor of physics at Caltech, is a rigorous short overview of the coming end of oil and related issues.
Lives Per Gallon (2006) by Terry Tamminen explains the true costs of our oil addiction.
The Control of Oil (1976) by John M. Blair is considered a classic by industry experts. Blair worked as a top committee staffer in Congress when it undertook key investigations of the industry.
The Seven Sisters (1975) by Anthony Sampson is another classic from the mid-70s energy crisis.
The Prize by Daniel Yergin is a sweeping overview of the industry's history. Fairly conservatively argued.
Cronies by Robert Bryce explains the Texas oiligarchy and how it became so powerful.
Twilight in the Desert by Matthew R. Simmons scrutinizes Saudi Arabia's oil reserves.
Oil, Energy, War and Security:
It's the Crude, Dude: Greed, Gas, War and the American Way (2006) by Linda McQuaig is a refreshingly candid assessment of the war in Iraq from a "Canada's Michael Moore" (National Post).
America's Oil Wars(2004) by Stephen Pelletiere argues that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are being waged to put a lock on America's future energy supplies.
Petrodollar Warfare(2005) by William R. Clark argues argues that the war in Iraq was initiated as part of a geopolitical strategy to ensure that the dollar continues to dominate worldwide oil trade, thereby
fusing the interests of two key groups: the American oil industry and the neo-conservatives.
The Long Emergency: by James Howard Kunstler argues that America's profligate use of oil and gas will soon collapse,
requiring a major changes in the American way of life, including community-scale food systems, living patterns and energy sources.
Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security (2005) examines America's dependence on foreign oil and its consequences for national security.
American Theocracy (2005) by Kevin Phillips and Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson both put oil at the center of their brilliant analysis of the American Empire's decline.
Energy and Climate:
The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery is the best overview of the evidence of climate change.
An Inconvenient Truth (video and book) by Al Gore also reviews the inescapable evidence and makes a convincing argument for the use of science in public policy.
Climate Change Begins at Home(2005) by Dave Reay brings the issue down to the level of ordinary families and what they can do to help prevent the worst disaster of the coming century.
Carbon-Free And Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007) by Arjun Makhijani.
Winning the Oil Endgame(PDF) by Amory Lovins.
Climate Change: What's Your Business Strategy? (Memo to the CEO) by Andrew J. Hoffman and John G. Woody.