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Reviews of The Oracle of Oil
"The Oracle of Oil is a masterful telling of Hubbert’s life and ideas, written by journalist Mason Inman, a knowledgeable and graceful storyteller."
Charles Hall, review in Science
“(Inman’s) sympathetic but clear-sighted portrayal is … a fascinating read.”
Ed Crooks, review in Financial Times
"In Hubbert’s story, Inman has found a meditation on the booms and busts that marked twentieth-century economic growth.... 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."
Gregor Macdonald, review in Nature
"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."
Olive Heffernan, review in Nature Energy
"Inman has written a terrific book because it is really not about peak oil; it is about a fascinating man living in interesting times, and Inman captures a sense of both."
Lloyd Alter, review in Treehugger
"I strongly recommend it. I could fairly be described as a longstanding Hubbert devotee. After devouring Inman’s meticulously researched and entertainingly written biography, I feel even more indebted to the great man than before."
Richard Heinberg, review for the Post Carbon Institute
"It is a gripping read that illuminates not only the life of a true visionary but also the evolution of one of our era's key challenges. If you like well-written, thoroughly researched books about energy, get The Oracle of Oil."
Barclays Investment Bank, Managing Director of European Utilities Research
(writing in a personal capacity)
"Visionaries invariably fascinate us, but this engaging biography of a prophetic oil geologist, M. King Hubbert, is more than just an absorbing read: It reveals wise insight into how we might still turn our reckless slide down the back side of Hubbert's infamous peak into a reasonably soft landing."
New York Times best-selling author of The World Without Us
"The Oracle of Oil is a great example of how bringing the past alive can help us make sense of the future. Both Hubbert the man and his big idea are fascinating, and together they make a rich biography."
New York Times best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon
"This is a remarkable account of a remarkable man—and for that matter a remarkable moment in American history, when we began to realize there were limits to our endless expansion."
Author of Deep Economy and co-founder of 350.org
"I devoured The Oracle of Oil in one sitting. It is simply the best biography of a scientist I have ever had the pleasure to read. The narrative is clear and compelling as it moves through Hubbert's eventful life, which ties so strongly to major events of the twentieth century. Hubbert was clearly a great teacher, and through this book, he still has much to teach us."
computer scientist and businessman, co-founder of Teradata and member of board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology
"I can truly recommend this book. It's a captivating portrait of an astonishing man. And the research behind it is amazing."
author of Gratislunchen: Eller varför det är så svårt att förstå att allt har ett slut (Free lunch: Or why it is so difficult to understand that everything has an end)
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