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The Tyranny of Oil

February 1, 2009 at 10:05pm

A new book by Antonia Juhasz, The Tyranny of Oil: and What we must do to stop it.

quote:The hardest-hitting exposé of the oil industry in decades answers today's most pressing energy questions:

• Why did oil and gasoline prices rise and fall so quickly?
• Where will prices go in the future?
• Who’s really controlling those prices?
• How much oil is left?
• How far will Big Oil go to get it?
• And at what cost to the economy, environment, human rights, worker safety, public health, democracy, and America’s place in the world?

Juhasz investigates the true state of the U.S. oil industry—uncovering its virtually unparalleled global power, influence over our elected officials, its lack of regulatory oversight, the truth behind $150-a-barrel oil, $4.50-a-gallon gasoline, and the highest profit in corporate history. Exposing an industry that thrives on secrecy, Juhasz shows how Big Oil manages to hide its business dealings from policy makers, legislators, and most of all, consumers. She reveals exactly how Big Oil gets what it wants—through money, influence, and lies. :end quote

Visit her website to learn more and read reviews of other books she has written or contributed to

http://www.tyrannyofoil.org/

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Unjust Deserts

January 24, 2009 at 5:40am

Unjust Deserts
by Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly


" quote: if most of what we have today is attributable to advances we inherit in common -- what another economic historian, Nathan Rosenberg, has termed a "huge overhang of technological inheritance" -- why, specifically, should this gift of our collective history not more generously and broadly benefit all members of society? Once the modern understandings are fully grasped, today's distributive realities become much harder to ignore: the top 1 percent of U.S. households now receives more income than the bottom 120 million Amercans combined."

read an excerpt from the book

http://www.alternet.org/story/109509/the_rich_are_hogging_our_common_inheritance_--_we_must_take_it_back/

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Oil and Money

January 9, 2009 at 10:40am

For a glimpse into the insanity of oil politics and where our dependence on unstable foreign powers controlling the spigots can lead:

1- Satanic Purses: Money, Myth, and Misinformation in the War on Terror
Author: R.T. Naylor
Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008

2- Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
Author: Robert Baer
Publisher: Random House, 2004

Baer is an ex-CIA operative: he knows what the hell he's talking about from the ground. Naylor is an academic specializing in international crime and its relation to international politics and crime. He seems to know what he's talking about too!

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The Shock Doctrine

December 17, 2008 at 9:35pm

Ive never really thought much about how our economy works until it started going south. Its a lot more complicated than I would have ever imagined. I started reading articles and books to enable me to understand, a little better, how things work. The Shock Doctrine was an eye opener.
the introduction to the book, is available on the web.

The Shock Doctrine: An Excerpt From the Introduction

http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/excerpt



Now doesnt that make you want to head to your local library and check the book out?

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BOOK NOTES

December 17, 2008 at 4:49am

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=nJFFrLX-924C&dq=Confessions+of+an+Economic+Hitman&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=fykLKlgb6f&sig=Hz4fHt4Y-aHifqLqMA2wdfUbemQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=8&ct=result#PPR9,M1

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man reveals a game that, according to John Perkins, is "as old as Empire" but has taken on new and terrifying dimensions in an era of globalization. And Perkins should know. For many years he worked for an international consulting firm where his main job was to convince LDCs (less developed countries) around the world to accept multibillion-dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and other United States engineering and construction companies. This book, which many people warned Perkins not to write, is a blistering attack on a little-known phenomenon that has had dire consequences on both the victimized countries and the U.S.

copy and paste the link to read a portion of this book

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