Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security
by Ian Rutledge
As even George W. Bush acknowledged in his 2006 State of the Union, America is dangerously "addicted to oil". In Addicted to Oil, Ian Rutledge explores the political, economic and social ramifications of the motorization of the US economy and examines the ways in which America's dependence on the car has created oil needs which have heavily influenced US foreign policy. Ru...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 12th 2006 by I. B. Tauris
(first published January 25th 2005)
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Jul 02, 2010 Benjamin rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who drives, anyone who votes.
This book would be much more if it was updated to include developments since Obama's taking of office, but it is quite accurate and helpful for putting in context the political and economic decisions of the Iraq & Afghan Wars. Really, the oil industry's takeover of American foreign and domestic policy is far more shocking and surprising to me than the equivalent story of the development of modern American health care. So many damaging long-term effects could have been avoided, but were pursu...more