"With a keen eye and a grim wit, McQuaig's perceptive inquiry into the world's energy system strips away layer after layer... [It] is an urgent wake-up call that should – and must – be read and acted upon without delay."
– Noam Chomsky
"Canadian journalist Linda McQuaig's brilliant It's the Crude, Dude will give you an overview of 'Iraqi' history and indeed of the frantic hunt for the last of the world's oil that will transform your view of everything current."
– Heather Mallick, The Globe and Mail (Canada)
"McQuaig gives the reader an entertaining crash course on the history of the oil industry... It's a highly educational rant... and a deliciously written one."
– The Gazette (Montreal, Canada)
"It's the Crude, Dude. Like, for real: McQuaig Tells It Like It Is"
– Blog review from Tell It Like It Is
"A fiesty Canadian journalist reviews the history of the oil industry, identifies some villains and some heroes (precious few of the latter) and tries to understand – not sanction – the thinking of Middle Eastern terrorists. Social and political history fired by research and boiling with attitude."
– Starred Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)
"Canada's Michael Moore."
– National Post (Canada)
"Extremely interesting... McQuaig writes extremely well, and has clearly done her homework."
– Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
"An analysis presented with passion and impressive detail."
– Maclean's (Canada)
"[A] fascinating take on how we got into this mess... This is an essential book, a call to action, written with passion and wit."
– Vancouver Review (Canada)
"Linda McQuaig's best book yet... a story of corporate greed, short-sightedness and business as usual."
– Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Canada)
"Writes with conviction... A satisfying and timely read."
– The Hamilton Spectator (Canada)
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