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Oil! by Upton Sinclair
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it was ok

Oil felt long winded to me - at times it was a chore to read. I'm interested in politics and this era of US history, so I wanted to like it more. But, Sinclair is rather preachy here: capitalists are evil, Leninist-communists are too extreme, Socialism is just right. Sinclair's bias shines through, over simplifying economics and politics. His dialogue feels wooden too. I've read other authors from the 1920s-'30s (Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Sinclair Lewis) their pacing, character development and dialogue are superior.

Also, I was hoping this novel would touch on the Teapot Dome scandal more than it does. This was one of the largest case of corruption in US history and it only gets mentioned in the last quarter of the book as something occurring in the background. Any non-fiction recommendations regarding Teapot Dome and the 1920 presidential election of W G Harding are appreciated.
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Reading Progress

April 20, 2016 – Started Reading
April 20, 2016 – Shelved
May 17, 2016 – Finished Reading

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