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Addicted to Oil By Ian Rutledge

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Explores the political, economic and social ramifications of the motorisation of the US economy. This book traces the origins of America's addiction throughout the twentieth century and explains how America's relations with the Middle East were developed through its quest for energy security.
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Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security by Ian Rutledge

It has long been acknowledged that in America the car is king. However, America's car-orientated and car-dependent lifestyle goes beyond the culture of fast cars and freeways. In "Addicted to Oil", Ian Rutledge explores the political, economic and social ramifications of the motorisation of the US economy. He argues that America's dependence on the car has created a lifestyle leading to oil needs which have heavily influenced US foreign policy in the modern era. Rutledge traces the origins of America's addiction throughout the twentieth century and explains how America's relations with the Middle East were developed through its quest for energy security. America's motorisation and its consequent demand for oil at predictable market prices was and continues to be an important influence on US policy towards Iraq - especially given the uncertainties relating to what has so far been the securest source of Middle East oil - Saudi Arabia. Ian Rutledge argues that the war in Iraq was neither a war for 'freedom' or 'democracy' nor was it a plot to 'steal Iraq's oil', but rather an attempt to establish a pliant and dependable oil protectorate in the Middle East which would underwrite the soaring demand from America's hyper-motorised consumers. "Addicted to Oil" is the first book to undertake an in-depth analysis of the motorisation of US society which explicitly links it to America's foreign policy adventures, past and present. "Addicted to Oil" is essential reading for an understanding of America's international political priorities and its fraught relations with the Middle East.

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Addicted to Oil Reviews


'Rutledge allows his reader to come to a conclusion without banging a propagandist's drum' TRIBUNE;

About Ian Rutledge


Ian Rutledge is an energy economist and lectures at the University of Sheffield. He also works as an energy business consultant.

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GOR004358901
Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security by Ian Rutledge
Ian Rutledge
Used - Very Good
Paperback
I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
2006-11-30
296
1845113195
9781845113193
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