The oil and gas industry is a complex one. But much of that complexity can be cleared up by just taking the time to read a book or two on the subject. Richard Steele said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” With that in mind, here are the top five books for exercising your knowledge in the oil and gas industry based on recommendation from Goodsread.
The Petroleum Industry: A Nontechnical Guide – Charles Conaway
This industry is no doubt one that could use some demystifying. It’s a good thing that Charles Conaway wrote this nontechnical guide to the petroleum industry in 1999 to help anyone understand the roles of geophysicists and reservoir engineers in this industry. Give it a read!
Petroleum Refining: In Nontechnical Language – William L. Leffler
Continuing the trend of explaining the industry in nontechnical terms, William L. Leffler focuses on petroleum refining in this worthy book. He uses relevant analogies, illustrations, and easily understood graphs to help readers arrive at an understanding of petroleum refining.
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World – Daniel Yergin
Daniel Yergin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and his views in The Quest are as entertaining as they are informative. He talks about oil supply, climate change, renewable energy, and even nuclear energy in this masterpiece. This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the oil and gas industry.
Oil and Gas Production in Nontechnical Terms – Martin S. Raymond and William L. Leffler
Revolving more around oil and gas production, this nontechnical book ranks higher than the others because of its laser focus. William L. Leffler is no stranger to the countdown, and he provides an easy read for those who want to get a broader view of the industry as a whole.
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power – Daniel Yergin
As mentioned before, this is the book that Daniel Yergin won a Pulitzer Prize for. It details the history of oil, and how the struggle for power surrounding it has evolved over the years. Not necessarily an overly technical book, it does provide necessary information about the nature of oil on nations and men, and certainly provides some added meaning and perspective to those working in the field.
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