Oil History Books

An exploration of educational texts helping to preserve people and places of petroleum history.

 

This addition to the American Oil & Gas Historical Society’s energy education mission offers links to books and periodicals relating to petroleum history. Painters are featured in Oilfield Artists

According many oil and natural industry experts, if time allows reading only one book about petroleum history, it should be The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1991) by Daniel Yergin.

Anomalies – Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology: 1917 to 2017

oil history booksRobbie Rice Gries – with help from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and many volunteers – has written a fascinating and educational history of pioneering women in petroleum geology.

The 405-page Anomalies, Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology, 1917-2017 includes personal stories, written correspondence, and photographs dating to the first decade of the 20th century. Grandchildren, children, nieces, nephews, and friends share their memories of these pioneering women.

The stories begin with WW I and conclude with hiring through Affirmative Action in the 1970s and the successes of many of today’s women in petroleum geology. Anomalies was released March 1, 2017, as part of the AAPG 100th anniversary.

“Robbie Gries and her contributors have created a remarkable account of early women in petroleum geology,” declared the late Marlan W. Downey, founder and chairman of Roxanna Oil Company. “The book represents a ‘deep dive’ into the lives, accomplishments, triumphs, and, even, terrors, of early women professionals.

Downey praised Gries’ book for its four years of researching histories of largely forgotten women professionals. “The book should be read by every petroleum geologist, geophysicist, and petroleum engineer; partly for the pleasure of the sprightly told adventures, partly for a sense of history, and, significantly, because it engenders a proper respect towards all women professionals, forging their unique way in a ‘man’s world.’”

Robbie Gries has been in the petroleum industry for more than 40 years. Anomalies can be ordered online for $50 from AAPG.

Breaking the Gas Ceiling:

Women in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

Published in 2019, Breaking the Gas Ceiling: Women in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry offers personal accounts from an expanding group of petroleum pioneers – women who work offshore.

Learn more in Women of the Offshore Petroleum Industry tell Their Stories.

Myth, Legend, Reality – Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry

William Brice, an award-winning Pennsylvania oil historian in 2009 published a comprehensive biography of Edwin Drake, the man who launched the U.S. petroleum industry in 1859. Brice, professor emeritus in geology and planetary science at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, published his 661-page epic as part of the U.S. petroleum industry’s 150th anniversary in 2009. Read more in Edwin Drake and his Oil Well.

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Biographies and Memoirs

Engineering and Transportation

Politics and Social Sciences 

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1991)

“Deemed ‘the best history of oil ever written’ by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.” – Amazon review of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1991).

The Secret of Sherwood Forest – Oil production in England during World War II (1973) by Guy and Grace Woodward (University of Oklahoma Press). See Roughnecks of Sherwood Forest.

Postcards of Texas Petroleum History

The history of America’s oil and natural gas industry provides an important context for teaching young people the modern energy business. Texas Oil and Gas by geologist and historian Jeff Spencer documents in vintage postcards the rapid growth of the Texas petroleum industry from its beginnings near Corsicana in the 1890s through the next several decades of oil boms throughout the state. Read more in Vintage Oil Postcards from Texas.

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Wildcatter’s Memories

oil bookin August 2018, Thomas Cochrane of California published his “wildcatter’s memories” of searching for oil and natural gas.

“A fast-paced and lyrical stroll through several decades of searching for oil and gas, punctuated with stories about the greatest gamblers, and insights into petroleum geology,” noted a review by Robert Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society about  Tornadoes, Rattlesnakes & Oil: A Wildcatter’s Memories of Hunting for Black Gold.

SPE’s Oil and Natural Gas

Published as part of an energy education program of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Oil and Natural Gas offers young people a surprisingly comprehensive introduction to the history and uses of oil. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Read more in the Story of Petroleum.

A novel by Gene Ames Jr. of San Antonio, also deserves attention. Ames, an independent producer, served as president of many state and national industry associations (receiving the industry’s Chief Roughneck Award in 1995). His novel, A Wildcatter’s Trek: Love, Money and Oil, was published in 2016.

History of Alberta’s Tar Sands

After years of research and interviews, Joyce Hunt of Calgary, Canada, in 2012 published Local Push-Global Pull: The Untold Story of the Athabaska Oil Sands, 1900-1930. “To fully understand and appreciate the events that shaped the development of the Oil Sands industry in Alberta, this book is a must read,” noted a February 2012 review.

While the time period Hunt focuses on is different from the significant growth of modern oil sands projects, there are common threads. “The major issues 100 years ago were not that different from the major issues the big players face today.” Learn more in History of Canadian Oil Sands.

History of  Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund

Jack R. Westbrook of Mt. Pleasant has covered the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund “from embryo to adulthood.”

In 1976, Michigan became the first state in the nation to earmark state revenue generated through mineral, including oil and gas, activity for acquisition and improvement of environmentally sensitive and/or public recreation lands.

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) was created by the Kammer Recreational Land Trust Fund Act, signed by Governor William G. Milliken on July 23, 1976.

Through 2010, the Fund has awarded 1,601 MNRTF project grants either active or closed (completed) in each of Michigan’s 83 counties totaling more than $816.6 million.

From the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to a harbor park in downtown Detroit, more than 1,600 public recreation facilities from rail trails to parks to fishing piers statewide have benefited from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, born of a unique alliance of government, environmental groups and the Michigan oil and gas industry in the mid-1970s serving as a solution to a seeming impasse.

Michigan has produced over 1.25 billion barrels of oil and more than seven trillion feet of natural gas since the discovery of the Saginaw Field in August, 1925. This history has been brought to life by retired Michigan Oil & Gas News magazine Managing Editor Jack R. Westbrook, who covered the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund “from embryo to adulthood.”

In his Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund 1976-2011 a 35 year Michigan investment heritage in Michigan’s public recreation future), Westbrook takes the reader on a tour  of the places to play in Michigan’s great outdoors made possible by this historic Fund, listing the projects in each county with general, and oil and gas, histories of their county home venues. The 222 page soft-cover book, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund 1976-2011, published by Jack R. Westbrook. Contact him at (989) 773-5741.

The Natural Gas Industry In Appalachia

 

In March 2011, David Waples announced McFarland Publishing had published a second edition of his The Natural Gas Industry In Appalachia – in order to incorporate information about the Marcellus Shale natural gas production now ongoing in the region. “For those of you familiar with my book, if you know of any area, technology, incident, persons, issues that you noticed not explored in the piece, I would appreciate it if you could let me know,” David notes. 

The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia explores the evolution and significance of the natural gas industry. Early chapters discuss the first natural gas discoveries in the 1800s, the way in which entrepreneurs used the fuel, and the displacement of the manufactured gas industry.

The practical uses of natural gas were introduced by innovators Joseph Pew and George Westinghouse for the steel and glass industries in Pittsburgh. Today, gas is a prevalent part of American markets, filling the critical void left by a lack of new coal, oil, and nuclear power. This vital American enterprise, however, began in the Appalachian states as an unwanted or underestimated byproduct of the oil rush of 1859.

Later chapters discuss the growth of the Appalachian drilling industry, the first wooden and metal pipelines, the development of gas compressor engines, the pioneering of gas storage fields, and the genesis of gas marketing for lighting, heating, cooking, and industrial use. The final chapter describes the growth of the Appalachian natural gas industry since its major source of supply shifted from local wells in the 1950s to new discoveries in the southwestern United States and the Gulf of Mexico.

Business History explains Modern Industry

Written by a scientist, Fueling America: An Insider’s Journey proclaims: “Fossil fuel was the life blood of the industrial revolution. Initially, coal was king as it fueled steam engines that revolutionized agriculture, manufacturing and the railroads.” Oklahoma geophysicist Jack Kerfoot explains why oil surpassed coal in the 1900s and with development of the internal combustion engine, revolutionized transportation.

After spending over 20 years working in the energy industry overseas, Kerfoot in August 2018 published Fueling America, which in 244 pages discusses, “our global energy conundrum of finding reliable, sustainable, reliable energy that won’t harm our environment.”

Originally from Tulsa, Kerfoot received a bachelor of science degree in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma. He spent more than four decades in the energy industry, including working for multi-national companies Mobil and Conoco, and independents like Forest Oil, Apache, and Murphy Oil. He today operates a consulting company, J.L. Kerfoot Energy Services, LLC.

Recommended Reading

For educators, students, and researchers, this recommended reading list (with links to Amazon books) has been derived from “This Week in Petroleum History,” updated every Monday.  Recommended reading subjects provide a chronology of U.S. exploration and production heritage, including historic oilfield discoveries, technologies, pioneers, and disasters. Many nonfiction book suggestions also can be found at goodreads.com, which includes a list of popular “Best Books About Oil & Gas.” 

Recommended reading from Oil Well Tractor Ad Keepsake about on the N.V.V. Franchot lease at Four Mile, New York: Published in 1949, Empire Oil: The Story of Oil in New York State by John P Herrick. “If you are doing business in the oil and gas industry in New York State this is a must read. The level of historical research is excellent,” noted one online reviewer in 2014 after reading the 474-page history. 

Suggestions from “This Week in Petroleum History.”

Editor’s pick: Trek of the Oil Finders: A History of Exploration for Petroleum (1975) by Edgar Wesley Owen (American Association of Petroleum Geologists).

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Recommended Reading (January 1): Making Hole – Drilling Technology (AOGHS); John D. Rockefeller: The Wealthiest Man In American History (2017); Sign of the 76: The fabulous life and times of the Union Oil Company of California (1977); The Great Wildcatter (1953); Cherry Run Valley: Plumer, Pithole, and Oil City, Pa., Images of America (2000); Humble, Images of America (2013); Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes (2016); Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund 1976-2011: A 35-year Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Investment Heritage in Michigan’s Public Recreation Future (2011).
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Recommended Reading (December 25): Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist (1994); The Black Giant: A History of the East Texas Oil Field and Oil Industry Skulduggery & Trivia (2003); Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry (2009); Portrait in Oil: How Ohio Oil Company Grew to Become Marathon (1962).
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Recommended Reading (December 18): Black Gold, the Artwork of JoAnn Cowans (2009); The Three Families of H. L. Hunt: The True Story of the Three Wives, Fifteen Children, Countless Millions, and Troubled Legacy of the Richest Man in America (1989); Tulsa Oil Capital of the World, Images of America (2004); Bird’s Eye Views: Historic Lithographs of North American Cities (1998); Down the Asphalt Path: The Automobile and the American City (1994).

Recommended Reading (December 11): Offshore Pioneers: Brown & Root and the History of Offshore Oil and Gas (1997); Apollo and America’s Moon Landing Program: Apollo 17 Technical Crew Debriefing with Unique Observations about the Final Lunar Mission – Astronauts Cernan, Schmitt, and Evans (2017); Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History (2010); Texas Oil and Gas, Postcard History (2013); The Wright Brothers (2016).
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Recommended Reading (December 4): The Oklahoma City Oil Field in Pictures (2005); General Motors: A Photographic History (1999); The Legend of Coal Oil Johnny (2007); Stella Dysart of Ambrosia Lake: Courage, Fortitude and Uranium in New Mexico (1959); Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America (2012).
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Recommended Reading (November 27): Los Angeles, California, Images of America (2001); The fire in the rock: A history of the oil and gas industry in Kansas, 1855-1976 (1976); America’s First Automobile: The First Complete Account By Mr. J. Frank Duryea Of How He Developed The First American Automobile, 1892-1893 (2012); Cherry Run Valley: Plumer, Pithole, and Oil City, Pennsylvania, Images of America (2000); Fill’er Up!: The Great American Gas Station (2013). ___________________________________________________________________________________

Recommended Reading (November 20): Be My Guest (1957); Magnolia Oil News Magazine (January 1930); Glenn Pool…and a little oil town of yesteryear (1978); The American Highway: The History and Culture of Roads in the United States (2000); History Of Oil Well Drilling (2007); Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century (2015); CONOCO: The First One Hundred Years Building on the Past for the Future (1975).
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Recommended Reading (November 13): Giant Under the Hill: A History of the Spindletop Oil Discovery (2008); Offshore Pioneers: Brown & Root and the History of Offshore Oil and Gas (2011); John D. Rockefeller: The Wealthiest Man In American History (2017); The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota (2016); Oil Man: The Story of Frank Phillips and the Birth of Phillips Petroleum (2016).
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Recommended Reading (November 6): Around Titusville, Pa., Images of America (2004); Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry (2009); Sheer Will: The Story of the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel (2014); Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 (2017); Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century (1996).
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Recommended Reading (October 30): Holy Toledo: Religion and Politics in the Life of “Golden Rule” Jones (1998); The Bradford Oil Refinery, Pennsylvania, Images of America (2006); Early Texas Oil: A Photographic History, 1866-1936 (2000); The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate (2011); Texon: Legacy of an Oil Town, Images of America (2011); The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia (2005); A History of the New York International Auto Show: 1900-2000 (2000).
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Recommended Reading (October 23): The Salt Creek Oil Field: Natrona County, Wyo., 1912 (reprint, 2017); Oil and Gas Pipeline Fundamentals (1993); The Reluctant Rocketman: A Curious Journey in World Record Breaking (2013); Historic Photos of Texas Oil (2012); Maclure of New Harmony: Scientist, Progressive Educator, Radical Philanthropist (2009).

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Recommended Reading (October 16): Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century (2015); The 76 bonanza: The fabulous life and times of the Union Oil Company of California (1966); Ranger, Images of America (2010); Desert Kingdoms to Global Powers: The Rise of the Arab Gulf (2016); Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Postcard History Series (2000); Oil in West Texas and New Mexico (1982).
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Recommended Reading (October 9): The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (2008); Arizona Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon State (2010); History of the Pure Oil Company: 1914 to 1941 (1941); The History of the Standard Oil Company: All Volumes (2015).
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Recommended Reading, September 25:  Oil in West Texas and New Mexico (1982); Black Gold in California: The Story of California Petroleum Industry (2016); Early California Oil: A Photographic History, 1865-1940 (1985); Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire (2003); Oil in the Deep South: A History of the Oil Business in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, 1859-1945 (1993); Ragtown: A History of the Greater Healdton-Hewitt Oil Field Hardcover (1989); Signal Hill, California, Images of America (2006); From Here to Obscurity: An Illustrated History of the Model T Ford, 1909 – 1927 (1971).
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Recommended Reading, September 18: Utah Oil Shale: Science, Technology, and Policy Perspectives (2016); Louisiana’s Oil Heritage, Images of America (2012); The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (2008); The Bazooka (2012); Wireline: A History of the Well Logging and Perforating Business in the Oil Fields (1990).
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Recommended Reading, September 11:  Rochester Through Time, America Through Time (2015); Nacogdoches, Images of America (2009); Midland, Images of America (2010); Yates: A family, A Company, and Some Cornfield Geology (2000); Desert Kingdoms to Global Powers: The Rise of the Arab Gulf Hardcover (2016); Natural Gas for the Hoosier State (1995).
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Recommended Reading, September 4Drilling Technology in Nontechnical Language (2012); Schlumberger: The History of a Technique (1978); An Illustrated Guide to Gas Pumps (2008); California State University, Dominguez Hills (2010); Pico Canyon Chronicles: The Story of California’s Pioneer Oil Field (1985); Atoms for Peace and War 1953-1961 (2017).
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Recommended Reading, August 28: McKeesport – Images of America: Pennsylvania (2007); Street Lights of the World (2015); Conoco: 125 Years of Energy (2000); Phillips, The First 66 Years (1983); Vertical Reefs: Life on Oil and Gas Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico (2015); A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher (2012).
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Recommended Reading, August 21: R.E. Olds: Auto Industry Pioneer (1977); Giant Under the Hill: A History of the Spindletop Oil Discovery at Beaumont, Texas, in 1901 (2008); Santa Rita: The University of Texas Oil Discovery (1958); Growing Up In The Bradford Oil Fields (2008); Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry (2009); Black Gold: The Philatelic History of Petroleum (1995).
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Recommended Reading, August 14: Western Pennsylvania’s Oil Heritage (2008); Winners’ Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race (2009); Glory Gamblers (1961); The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters (2014).
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Recommended Reading, August 7Yates: A family, A Company, and Some Cornfield Geology Hardcover (2000); An American Hero: The Red Adair Story : An Authorized Biography (1990); Oil And Gas In Oklahoma: Petroleum Geology In Oklahoma (2013); Texas Art and a Wildcatter’s Dream: Edgar B. Davis and the San Antonio Art League (1998); Drilling Technology in Nontechnical Language (2012).
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Recommended Reading, July 31: The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia (2005); Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain (1984); The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways (2012); Monsters Of Old Los Angeles – The Prehistoric Animals Of The La Brea Tar Pits (2008); Oil: From Prospect to Pipeline (1971); Ragtown: A History of the Greater Healdton-Hewitt Oil Field (1989).
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Recommended Reading, July 24Spanish Sea: The Gulf of Mexico in North American Discovery, 1500-1685 (1985); The Oil Scouts – Reminiscences of the Night Riders of the Hemlocks (1986); Wildcatters: Texas Independent Oilmen (1984); Eisenhower: Soldier and President (1968); Torpedoes in the Gulf: Galveston and the U-Boats, 1942-1943 (1995).
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Recommended Reading, July 17: From the Rio Grande to the Arctic: The Story of the Richfield Oil Corporation, by former CEO Charles S. Jones (1972); Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska (2012); Texon: Legacy of an Oil Town, Images of America (2011); The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes (2009); From Oklahoma to Eternity: The Life of Wiley Post and the Winnie Mae (1998).
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Recommended Reading, July 10: Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, Center on Global Energy Policy Series (2017); Pump and Circumstance: Glory Days of the Gas Station (1993); The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America (2013); A History of the Greater Seminole Oil Field (1981); Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles (2003).
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Recommended Reading, July 3: Death and Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea (2011); Remington and Russell: The Sid Richardson Collection (1994); Where it All Began: The story of the people and places where the oil & gas industry began: West Virginia and southeastern Ohio (1994); Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story (2009).
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Recommended Reading, June 26: Official Guide to the Smithsonian, 4th Edition (2016); Eisenhower: Soldier and President (1968); Cherry Run Valley: Plumer, Pithole, and Oil City, PA (2000); Texas Rich: The Hunt Dynasty, from the Early Oil Days Through the Silver Crash (1982); Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America (2009); Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive, Railroads Past and Present (2007).
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Recommended Reading, June 19: The Great Alaska Pipeline (1988); Artificial Lift-down Hole Pumping Systems: Conference Transcript (1984); Oil Man: The Story of Frank Phillips and the Birth of Phillips Petroleum (2014); Ross Sterling, Texan: A Memoir by the Founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company (2012); Signal Hill, California – Images of America (2006); Tulsa Where the Streets Were Paved With Gold – Images of America (2000).
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Recommended Reading, June 12: Oil Man: The Story of Frank Phillips and the Birth of Phillips Petroleum (2014); Oil in West Texas and New Mexico (1982); Western Pennsylvania’s Oil (2008); Offshore Pioneers: Brown & Root and the History of Offshore Oil and Gas (2011); Whiting and Robertsdale – Images of America (2013); Voice of the Marketplace: A History of the National Petroleum Council (2002).

Recommended Reading (June 4): The Maybelline Story: And the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It (2010); Around Titusville, Pennsylvania, Images of America (2004); I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford (2014); Code Name MULBERRY: The Planning Building and Operation of the Normandy Harbours (1977); The Great Getty: The Life and Loves of J. Paul Getty – Richest Man in the World (1986); Corsicana, Images of America (2010).

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Recommended Reading (May 28): Chronicles of an Oil Boom: Unlocking the Permian Basin (2014); Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy 500 (2012); Rock Oil, The Wonder of the Nineteenth Century in Pennsylvania and Elsewhere (1860); Blanton Museum of Art: Through the Eyes of Texas, Masterworks from Alumni Collections (1900).

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Recommended Reading (May 21): Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.(2004); Huntington Beach, California, Postcard History Series (2009); Crayola Creators: Edward Binney and C. Harold Smith, Toy Trailblazers (2016); Burlington’s Zephyrs, Great Passenger Trains (2004); Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Review of Inception and Progress; Accessions and Donors, Historic Papers (2017).

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Recommended Reading (May 14): Tulsa Oil Capital of the World, Images of America (2004); Louisiana’s Oil Heritage, Images of America (2012); Standard Oil Company: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Famous Monopoly (2016); Ohio Oil and Gas, Images of America (2008); Geophysicist Career Guide (2018).

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Recommended Reading (May 7): Erle P. Halliburton: Genius with Cement (1959); Textile League Baseball: South Carolina’s Mill Teams, 1880-1955 (2004); The Civil War and Northwestern Virginia (2004); Conoco: 125 years of energy (2000); Phillips The First 66 Years (1983).

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Recommended Reading (April 30): Cherry Run Valley: Plumer, Pithole, and Oil City, Pennsylvania (2000); The Seven Sisters: The great oil companies & the world (1975); The Maybelline Story: And the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It (2010); The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World (2015).

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Recommended Reading (April 16): Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry (2009); Early Louisiana and Arkansas Oil: A Photographic History, 1901-1946 (1982); The First Cars – Famous Firsts (2014); The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties (1996); Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling: Report to the President (2011); The Osage Oil Boom (1989).
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Recommended Reading (April 9): Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank (2008); The Greatest Gamblers: The Epic of American Oil Exploration (1979); Early Days of Oil: A Pictorial History of the Beginnings of the Industry in Pennsylvania (2000); Oil in Oklahoma (1976).
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Recommended Reading (April 2): Dallas: The Complete Story of the World’s Favorite Prime-Time Soap (2005); The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota (2016); The Texaco Story: The First Fifty Years, 1902-1952 (2012); Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science (2000).
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Recommended Reading (March 26): The Oklahoma Petroleum Industry (1980); Oil Lamps The Kerosene Era In North America (1978); Amazing Pipeline Stories: How Building the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Transformed Life in America’s Last Frontier (1997); Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry (2009); Innovations in Energy: The Story of Kerr-McGee (1980); Early Texas Oil: A Photographic History, 1866-1936 (2000); Cherokee Strip Land Rush, Images of America (2006).
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Recommended Reading (March 19): Oil Boom Architecture: Titusville, Pithole, and Petroleum Center, Images of America (2008); The Powell Expedition: New Discoveries about John Wesley Powell’s 1869 River Journey (2017); Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry (2009); The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Perspectives on Modern World History (2011).
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Recommended Reading (March 12): “King of the Wildcatters:” The Life and Times of Tom Slick, 1883-1930 (2004); Historic Battleship Texas: The Last Dreadnought (2007); The Secret of Sherwood Forest: Oil Production in England During World War II (1973); Discovery at Prudhoe Bay Oil (2008); San Joaquin Valley, California, Images of America (1999); A History of the Greater Seminole Oil Field (1981); The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy (2016); A Texas Tragedy: The New London School Explosion (2012).
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Recommended Reading (March 5): Kettles and Crackers – A History of Wyoming Oil Refineries (2016); American Fads (1985); Sour Lake, Texas: From Mud Baths to Millionaires, 1835-1909 (1995); Rigs-to-reefs: the use of obsolete petroleum structures as artificial reefs (1987); Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century Hardcover (1996); A Geophysicist’s Memoir: Searching for Oil on Six Continents (2017).
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Recommended Reading (February 26): Enough for One Lifetime: Wallace Carothers, Inventor of Nylon (1996); As I See It: The Autobiography of J. Paul Getty (1976); Erle P. Halliburton, Genius with Cement (1959); The Underground Reservation: Osage Oil (1985); John Wesley Powell: Soldier, Explorer, Scientist (2006); History of Paola, Kansas (1956); Where it all began: The story of the people and places where the oil & gas industry began: West Virginia and southeastern Ohio (1994); Alfalfa Bill Murray (1968).
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Recommended Reading (February 19): The Natural Gas Revolution: At the Pivot of the World’s Energy Future (2013); Herman Frasch -The Sulphur King (2013); The B.F. Goodrich Story Of Creative Enterprise 1870-1952 (2010); Caney, Kansas: The Big Gas City (1985); The Battle of Los Angeles, 1942: The Mystery Air Raid (2010); Enough for One Lifetime: Wallace Carothers, Inventor of Nylon (1996); Pawnee Bill: A Biography of Major Gordon W. Lillie (1995); Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend (2012). ___________________________________________________________________________________

Recommended Reading (February 12): Roadside Geology of Nevada (2017); The Taking of Getty Oil: Pennzoil, Texaco, and the Takeover Battle That Made History (2017); Images of America: Around Bradford (1997); Lufkin, from sawdust to oil: A history of Lufkin Industries, Inc. (1982); Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks: A Guide (2000).
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Recommended Reading (February 5): In Pursuit of Fame: Rembrandt Peale, 1778-1860 (1993); Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity’s Chief Engineer (2017); Anomalies: Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology 1917-2017 (2017); Building Bartlesville, 1945-2000, Images of America: Oklahoma (2008).
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Recommended Reading (January 29): Bertha Takes a Drive: How the Benz Automobile Changed the World (2017); The Oil Scouts: Reminiscences of the Night Riders of the Hemlocks Hardcover (1986); The Finest in the Land: The Story of the Petroleum Club of Houston (1984); Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West (2016). 
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Recommended Reading (January 22): Early Days of Oil: A Pictorial History of the Beginnings of the Industry in Pennsylvania (2000); Against the Fires of Hell: The Environmental Disaster of the Gulf War (1992); The Black Giant: A History of the East Texas Oil Field and Oil Industry Skulduggery & Trivia (2003); Slick Policy: Environmental and Science Policy in the Aftermath of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill (2018). ___________________________________________________________________________________

Recommended Reading (January 15): Ranger, Images of America (2010); U.S. Geological Survey; The Offshore Imperative: Shell Oil’s Search for Petroleum in Postwar America (2009); Ohio Oil and Gas, Images of America (2008).
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Recommended Reading (January 8): Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (2004); Giant Under the Hill: A History of the Spindletop Oil Discovery at Beaumont, Texas, in 1901 (2008); Early Texas Oil: A Photographic History, 1866-1936 (2000); The Ford Century: Ford Motor Company and the Innovations that Shaped the World (2002); Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century (1996); Theodor Geisel: A Portrait of the Man Who Became Dr. Seuss (2010).

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