Stupid to the Last Drop

Hardcover $23.95

Knopf Canada | Oct 02, 2007 | 256 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | ISBN 9780676979138

  • Paperback$16.95

    Vintage Canada | Sep 30, 2008 | 256 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780676979145

  • Hardcover$23.95

    Knopf Canada | Oct 02, 2007 | 256 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | ISBN 9780676979138

  • Ebook$12.99

    Vintage Canada | May 28, 2010 | ISBN 9780307370310

Awards

National Business Book Award WINNER 2007

Praise

“[Marsden brings] a fresh pair of discerning eyes to an unusual series of nation-changing events. . . . [H]e confidently reports how an entire province is destroying itself, and then asks why no one in Canada ‘seems to care.’ . . . The biggest stupidities that Marsden discovers could and probably should shock any Canadian. . . . Yet Marsden’s unsettling exposé of careless decision-making sheds more needed light on some very dark corners in Alberta (and Canada). He has walked into a provincial boom-town, populated largely by arrogant and greedy males (Hells Angels with suits), and not flinched. Good on you, partner.” —Andrew Nikiforuk, The Globe and Mail

“This is a powerfully eloquent polemic.” —Edmonton Journal (September 14)

“Marsden’s book is an engaging and entertaining read. . . . [A] worthwhile read and it will likely generate a fair bit of discussion about the industry.” —National Post

“[Marsden’s] book is a good primer on many of these urgent problems . . . Marsden has held the environmental mirror up to Albertans and it’s not a pretty sight—as many here have known for some time. . . . Marsden tells his story with a judicious mixture of personal stories and technical details of oil and gas extraction.” —Edmonton Journal

“For the . . . dozen or so Albertans who believe the energy industry and its friends in the Alberta government are neither all good nor all bad and who believe the same of ardent death-to-civilization environmentalists[you] need to read this book. . . . [T]his book could not have come out at a more opportune time. Marsden takes the worries of ordinary citizens and voices them . . . he pulls together all the disparate concerns into a readable whole. . . . None of us can feel smug. The sensible use of non-renewable resources is all of our duty, regardless of our association with the energy business.” —Calgary Herald


From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

PrologueWe Have the Technology

Part ITechnology and Mutual Destruction
Chapter 1Highway to Heaven
Chapter 2Manley Natland’s Fantasy
Chapter 3Early Signs of Madness
Chapter 4 Breaking Alberta’s Atom

Part IIThe Politics and Business of Oil
Chapter 5Washington’s Doomsday Politics
Chapter 6Roll Call
Chapter 7Getting the Jump on the Energy Game
Chapter 8The Mauling of Big Bear

Part IIIAlien Invasion
Chapter 9Life on Mars
Chapter 10Hello! Is Anybody Out There?
Chapter 11Heaven on the Moon
Chapter 12Down North
Chapter 13The Last Cowboys and Cowgirls

Epilogue To the Last Drop

Index
Acknowledgments

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