Black Gold by Albert Marrin
The Story of Oil in Our Lives

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Oil is not pretty, but it is a resource that drives the modern world.  It has made fortunes for the lucky few and provided jobs for millions of ordinary folks.

Thick and slippery, crude oil has an evil smell. Yet without it, life as we live it today would be impossible. Oil fuels our engines, heats our homes, and powers the machines that make the everyday things we take for granted, from shopping bags to computers to medical equipment. Nations throughout the last century have gone to war over it.  Indeed, oil influences every aspect of modern life. It helps shape the history, society, politics, and economy of every nation on earth.

This riveting new book explores what oil is and the role this precious resource has played in America and the world.

About Albert Marrin

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Albert Marrin is the author of over two dozen award-winning nonfiction books for young people. He won the 2005 James Madison Book Award and the 2008 National Endowment for Humanities Medal. He lives in Riverdale, New York.
Published January 10, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 194 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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