A nicely written and researched book about the 'story of oil'. This is one of those books by a print journalist that looks at a subject from many differing views. So it lacks a cohesive, overall 'story' or 'narrative'. Published in 2004, it also seems just a tad dated now.
The early chapters that describe how oil formed in the ground reminds me of The Silent Spring in its poetic beauty. But then after a few chapters in the book becomes a series of essays on various oil topics: depletion, the activities of oil companies abroad, environmental damage, global warming etc. etc.
Worth a read nonetheless if the subject is of interest to you.