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by Edwin Black

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  • ISBN 0312359071
  • ISBN13 978-0312359072
  • Language English
  • Author Edwin Black
  • Publisher St. Martin's Press (September 5, 2006)
  • Pages 432
  • Formats lit azw lit lrf
  • Category Engineering
  • Subcategory Engineering
  • Size ePub 1317 kb
  • Size Fb2 1119 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 350

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 the1890s, 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.

Edwin Black has produced an explosive, eye-opening expose of the .

A PAGE TURNER As usual, Edwin Black puts all his readers in his debt by his lucid, dramatic and thought-provoking discoveries.

Includes bibliographical references (p. -396) and index. The tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected 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. Investigative journalist Black mined corporate and governmental archives to assemble thousands of previously undiscovered documents and studies into this dramatic story.

Internal Combustion book. Internal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the . 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.

Internal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the United States 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.

Internal Combustion' is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the US and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, and that was never necessary.

Internal Combustion' is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the US and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, and that was never necessary.

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

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. Black then brings the story full-circle to the present-day oil crises, global warming, and beyond. He 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

Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2006. The Plan: How to Rescue Society When the Oil Stops - or the Day Before. cover title) Washington, DC: Dialog Press, 2008.

Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives. Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaust. Washington, DC: Dialog Press, 2009.

How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives.

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Items related to Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments. Black's ten award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003), The Transfer Agreement (1984)

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Kelenn
As always, Edwin Black delivers a fascinating and overlooked story about our past. This one is about the electrical vehicles and how the stupidity of American people at the time coupled with the greed of corporate America (oil companies primarily) derailed the development of electrical vehicles (and trains and trucks) in USA, though, at the time, the US was the leader in those spheres. France, Japan, Soviet Union went ahead and ripped many benefits of electrified trains, but not the US. Anyway, don't want to give out too much info. Anyone who knows Edwin Black can attest to quality of his books.
MegaStar
There are usually reasons for every addiction , and our addict like demand for oil, has put us in the position to be controlled by countries who dispise us and our way of life.

Mr . Black in this well researched book , illustrates why oil is our drug of choice, overtaking what at one time appeared to be much more regional friendly forms of energy , such as electric , and more recently hydrogen.

The blatant destruction of the electric trains , and the buying - out of
any prospect of the wide-spread use of electric as the source for powering personal vehicles is outlined thoroughly, as part of the reason that we are " energy hostages " to unfriendly forces are laid out in a concise manner.

The shame of the matter is that it is now apparent that those who concieved this plan , were aware of the limited nature of the resource that they had hooked us on.

We are now paying the price, literally , for this near sighted,
plan that looked more to fill the pockets of the creators, rather than to benefit the public.

Read this book , and you will see how we are in a "fix" that was preventable , and could have easily not have occured.

It is the frustration of finding out how close we were to not having it happen that is the
most eye- opening and aggrevating piece of this little known sequence
of events .

Once again Mr. Black discovers the truth , and leaves us to think how different our world would be if the greed for oil had been hampered
years ago.
Stoneshaper
You get the real reason America does not have public transportation as we did or as other countries do. Capitalism is good as long as greed is not entwined with it. Little known facts and some that even politicians would not like to be known or taught truthfully in history of our nations growth.
Foginn
Very interesting read and learned so much about the history of the automobiles. Must read but very dry material that need to written in more interesting way. If you have strong desire to learn about the history then that will not matter.
Anarus
The content of this book is five stars. The poor editing is truly stunning.

If climate change is the danger scientists say it is, the jury is out as to whether or not humans can respond meaningfully to the challenge. The stories in this book make me think not. Human greed is just too powerful.

Jared Diamond tackles that issue on in his work "Collapse". Some societies do respond and save themselves from grave challenges while others do not. "Internal Combustion" is all about private gain over public needs. And as long as corporations control our world our demise is assured. The US Supreme Court just put another nail in the coffin with it's latest decision on giving corporations unlimited access to buying politicians.

"Internal Combustion" makes it plain that public policy issues are not shaped by the facts, the science or the best interests of the public. Money and power will corrupt the process unless reasonable limits are imposed on the process.

I would say that the value of this work is that it presents case studies in the history of American energy and transportation development.

As to was there an industrial conspiracy against Edison and Ford in the development of a cheap electrical automobile, this book does not provide answers to the question that it hints about. Did major US corporations conspire to eliminate public transit in American cities? The answer there is clearer.

These questions are more important in the context of our world than when the events in question transpired. Electric or internal combustion was not as big an issue in 1914. However, an electric car was a more economical means of transportation if it could be made to be competitive with the gas engine. But corporations stood to make more money on internal combustion. Making more money is the recurrent theme in American corporate life. And "supersize" it. That will mean bigger tires, the use of more fuel and more parts? Oh yeah, find a PR angle to explain why this money making approach is in the interests of the customer.

This book should provoke thought about all of these issues.
Jake
Informative book about a piece of automobile history of which we were never told. Battery-operated cars were back-burnered, then forgotten, as battery makers such as Delco and Remy turned their attention to the manufacture of electric starters for gasoline cars. However, "electrants" are making a comeback. Soon, they'll be everywhere!