• "Elegant and engaging... No subject is more important for understanding the recent past and preparing for the future."

    Sunday Times
  • "Engaging and interesting, tightly documented and consistently readable. Freese makes a pasionate plea for a more considered way of treating the earth, its rescources and inhabitants."

    Daily Telegraph
  • "The incredible story of Britain's black gold."

    Daily Mail
  • "Fascinating... It lingers hauntingly in the mind."

    New Statesman
  • "I can think of no substance that has played so important a role in shaping the relative fortunes of competing economies."

    David Landes, Author of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations