It has long been acknowledged that in America the car is king. However, Americaas 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 Americaas 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 Americaas addiction throughout the twentieth century and explains how Americaas relations with the Middle East were developed through its quest for energy security. Americaas motorisation and its consequent demand for oil at predictable market prices was and continues to be an important influence on US policy towards Iraq a especially given the uncertainties relating to what has so far been the securest source of Middle East oil a Saudi Arabia. Ian Rutledge argues that the war in Iraq was neither a war for afreedoma or ademocracya nor was it a plot to asteal Iraqas oila, but rather an attempt to establish a pliant and dependable oil protectorate in the Middle East which would underwrite the soaring demand from Americaas 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 Americaas foreign policy adventures, past and present. Addicted to Oil is essential reading for an understanding of Americaas international political priorities and its fraught relations with the Middle East.a#39;Thata#39;s about twice the death rate in big cars such as Dodge Intrepid, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Crown Victoria. ... by quoting Mr Brian Oa#39;Neill, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, who says, a#39;We have a small-car problem.
|Title||:||Addicted to Oil|
|Publisher||:||I.B.Tauris - 2005-02-25|