Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives

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Internal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the U.S. and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in ten years, not in five years, but today.
 
Edwin Black, award-winning author of IBM and the Holocaust, has mined scores of corporate and governmental archives to assemble thousands of previously uncovered and long-forgotten documents and studies into this dramatic story. Black traces a continuum of rapacious energy cartels and special interests dating back nearly 5,000 years, from wood to coal to oil, and then to the bicycle and electric battery cartels of the 1890s, which created thousands of electric vehicles that plied American streets a century ago. But those noiseless and clean cars were scuttled by petroleum interests, despite the little-known efforts of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to mass-produce electric cars powered by personal backyard energy stations. Black also documents how General Motors criminally conspired to undermine mass transit in dozens of cities and how Big Oil, Big Corn, and Big Coal have subverted synthetic fuels and other alternatives.
 
He then brings the story full-circle to the present day oil crises, global warming and beyond. Black showcases overlooked compressed-gas, electric and hydrogen cars on the market today, as well as inexpensive all-function home energy units that could eliminate much oil usage. His eye-opening call for a Manhattan Project for immediate energy independence will help energize society to finally take action.
 
Internal Combustion, and its interactive website www.internalcombustionbook.com, will generate a much-needed national debate at a crucial time. It should be read by every citizen who consumes oil -- everyone. Internal Combustion can change everything, not by reinventing the wheel, but by excavating it from where it was buried a century ago.
 

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"As usual, Edwin Black puts all his readers in his debt by his lucid, dramatic and thought-provoking discoveries. Internal Combustion is a story that should be read by everyone concerned about the strange realities of our modern world. An indispensable contribution to the story of oil and travel: the twin pillars of our modern dilemma. A true page turner.
Sir Martin Gilbert, author
A History of the Twentieth Century, and Churchill: A Life and First World War
 
"...an explosive, eye-opening exposé of the corporate forces that has for more than a century sabotaged the creation of alternative energies and vehicles in order to keep us dependent on oil. There is enough truth in this book to revolutionize our way of life."
Max Wallace, author
American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich
 
"Edwin Black...recounts the deplorable history of how alternative fuels and vehicles were squeezed out of the market throughout the 20th century in favor of highly polluting petroleum-based products. The chain of events recounted in Internal Combustion reveals one of the sleaziest actions ever taken for financial gain--it has resulted in increasing and continuing public health and political problems for the people of the world. It is a scandal most people will understand only after reading this book
Henry W. Wedaa, president
California Hydrogen Business Council
Chairman Emeritus, South Coast Air Quality Management District

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Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling journalist and author of five previous books, including IBM and the Holocaust and War Against the Weak. He has been nominated eight times for the Pulitzer Prize, twice for the National Book Award. In 2003, Black won the top two awards of the American Society of Journalists and Authors,  Best  Book of the Year and  Best  Investigative  Article of the year, both for IBM and the Holocaust. His books have been published in 50 editions, in 13 languages in 60 countries, and he has appeared on numerous major news and current events TV and radio shows, including Oprah!, the Today Show, NBC's Dateline and CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports.

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