My new book, “The Oracle of Oil,” is now out!

17 Apr 2016

Oracle of Oil cover image medium-res copyI’m happy to announce that my book has finally been published by W.W. Norton as The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist’s Quest for a Sustainable Future.

I’ve stopped posting here at Failing Gracefully, but I do have new posts up at my website for the book (linked to above).

So far the book has received very positive reviews in the world’s top two scientific journals, Science and Nature, as well as from other early readers, and more reviews are in the works. These reviews are all on my book website.

If you’d like to get a hold of me, the contact form on this site still works, or you can email me at:



books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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