Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History (Exploring World History) (Paperback)

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This concise, accessible introduction to the history of oil tells the story of how petroleum has shaped human life since it was first discovered oozing inconspicuously from the soil. Brian Black brings a global perspective and a wide-ranging technical knowledge clearly explained for general readers, providing a sweeping, forward-looking survey.

About the Author

Brian C. Black, distinguished professor of history and environmental studies and division head of arts and humanities at Penn State Altoona, is the author or editor of several books, including the award-winning Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom and Gettysburg Contested: 150 Years of Preserving America's Cherished Landscape. His articles appear in the New York Times, the Conversation, USA Today, Junior Scholastic, and the Christian Science Monitor.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781538142479
ISBN-10: 1538142473
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: September 30th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Exploring World History