Two more reviews of my book came out today, one in the august journal Science and another in the new journal Nature Energy (a spin-off of the journal Nature, which also reviewed my book).
The review in Science is behind a paywall, so I've posted a pdf of it here—and below is an excerpt from the review by Charles Hall, a professor emeritus of ecology at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry:
I once heard Hubbert introduced at a lecture in this way: 'In an age of publish or perish, he has published only nine papers. Each of them is in a different field. And each of them is considered a classic.” The Oracle of Oil is a masterful telling of Hubbert’s life and ideas, written by journalist Mason Inman, a knowledgeable and graceful storyteller.
The review in Nature Energy, by Olive Heffernan, a long-time staffer at the Nature journals, also had nice things to say:
In The Oracle of Oil, journalist Mason Inman chronicles the life of Hubbert and his struggle to enlighten the world about our over-reliance on fossil fuels. Inman’s carefully researched biography begins with Hubbert’s early years living hand-to-mouth as a student at the University of Chicago. From the outset, Hubbert comes across as brilliant and self-assured, fearless in questioning authority— whether the church or the scientific establishment — and in challenging prevailing paradigms....
The Oracle of Oil is an enlightening book that pays fitting tribute to a brave scientist
who cautioned about our reliance on oil and our need to transition to a renewable energy economy, long before it was fashionable.