Today The Oracle of Oil got its first review in a major publication, the journal Nature (one of the world's top two scientific journals). The review, written by journalist and analyst Gregor Macdonald, was very positive about the book.
The article is available to read through a service called ReadCube, which unfortunately only works on computers (not on mobile devices). Here's a link to the pdf, and some excerpts are below.
Journalist Mason Inman’s meticulous biography The Oracle of Oil follows Hubbert from his youth on the plains of Texas through the Great Depression, the Second World War and the rise of US President Ronald Reagan in 1981. But its scope is much more expansive. In Hubbert’s story, Inman has found a meditation on the booms and busts that marked twentieth-century economic growth. Hubbert’s iconoclastic career forms a perfect arc, from oil’s troubling oversupply in the 1920s to its relative scarcity after the peak of US production in 1971, when the US economy suffered oil shocks.
As Inman shows, Hubbert’s impact extends beyond oil: it is an early manifestation of ecological economics.... With regard to growth or sustainability, Hubbert’s work is an overlooked contribution to US economic history....
In Inman’s work, the oilman emerges as a restless and prescient figure concerned with the environment. In writing the first biography of Hubbert, Inman has retrieved, if not rescued, the story of a scientist who has much to offer to today’s energy conundrum.