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Oil! by Upton Sincliar

Issue No. 2089

Following the success of the new film There Will Be Blood, Penguin have released the classic novel which inspired it.

Upton Sinclair’s Oil! was released in 1927 and shows the oil industry’s importance to capitalism.

Based on a real scandal Oil! showcases the bribery of public officials, class war, and international rivalry over oil production that were crucial parts of the industry at that time.

The book highlights the debate between an oil developer and his son, who sympathises with the workers and socialist organisers.

Oil! by Upton Sincliar
Penguin £7.99

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Tue 19 Feb 2008, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2089
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