ABC-CLIO Explores the obsessions and misperceptions surrounding the resource that has shaped our lives, demonstrating that oil will be with us for a long time to come. Oil is the most vital resource of our time. Because it is so important, misperceptions about the black gold abound. In this book, Maugeri clears the cobwebs by describing the colorful history of oil and explaining the fundamentals of oil production. He delivers a unique, fascinating, and controversial perspective on the industry--as only an insider could.