Featured Reviews

Priest Review of Megan Black, The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power (Cambridge: Harvard, 2019), Cold War History, 22, no. 4 (2022); Megan Black, “Interior’s Proper Place: Response to Tyler Priest,” Cold War History, 22, no. 4 (2022); Priest Comments on Black, “Interior’ Proper Place”.

“‘Saudi America’ Review: The Truth About Fracking?” Wall Street Journal (November1, 2018), Review of Bethany McLean, Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World (New York: Columbia Global Reports, 2018)

“How Shall We Save the Planet? A Techno-Optimist Is Pitted Against the Pied Piper of ‘Apocalyptic Environmentalism?'” Science Vol. 359, Issue 6374 (January 26, 2018), Review of Charles C. Mann, The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018)  How Shall We Save the Planet? PDF

“Wanted: Swing Producer,” Wall Street Journal (January 26, 2017), Review of Robert McNally, Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices (New York: Columbia, 2017)

Priest on Jacobs, H-Energy, November 2016, Review of Meg Jacobs, Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s (New York: Hill and Wang, 2016)

“The Marvel of Electricity,” Wall Street Journal (July 15, 2016), Review of Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and Our Energy Future (New York: Bloomsbury, 2016)

Priest on Sernovitz, H-Energy, June 2016, Review of Gary Sernovitz, The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy (New York: St. Martin’s, 2016)

“Ignoring the Shale Revolution,” 
Wall Street Journal (April 25, 2016), Review of Mason Inman, The Oracle of Oil:  A Maverick Geologist’s Quest for a Sustainable Future (New York: W.W. Norton, 2016)

“Crude History,” Reviews in American History Vol. 43, No. 2 (June 2015): 333-339  Crude History PDF, Review of Timothy Mitchell, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (London: Verson, 2011) and Matthew T. Huber, Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2013)


Top photo: Train yard with crude oil tank cars, Laramie, Wyoming

Bottom photo: Wind farm in Northwest Iowa