le 21 juin 2015
Some parts of the book are interesting and useful whilst many parts are boring beyond belief. You (repeatedly) get the distinct impression that the author is only familiar with segments of the oil industry, these being the ones he writes with some interest. As to those segments he is unfamiliar with, his descriptions are dry and empty, or sometimes lacking.
The biggest disappointment is with shale oil. Despite the fact that this important industry segment had already existed for some years at the time the book was written in 2009, there is almost no discussion about it. Worse, when the author does introduce a section headed "Shale Oil" on pages 48-50, he proceeds to repeatedly mix up Shale Oil and Oil Shale which - as anyone familiar with the oil business will know - are actually two completely different topics and substances. This section of the book is misleading, inaccurate and unacceptably poor.
Notwithstanding the above the book does have usefulness as a fairly broad brush point of reference but, before buying, prospective readers should know that it also falls short in many ways, particularly in relation to the modern shale industry and its importance in the overall oil game.