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  • Published: 7 February 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141919515
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

Oil!



Sinclair's 1927 novel did for California's oil industry what The Jungle did for Chicago's meat-packing factories. In Oil! Upton Sinclair fashioned a novel out of the oil scandals of the Harding administration, providing in the process a detailed picture of the development of the oil industry in Southern California. Bribery of public officials, class warfare, and international rivalry over oil production are the context for Sinclair's story of a genial independent oil developer and his son, whose sympathy with the oilfield workers and socialist organizers fuels a running debate with his father. Senators, small investors, oil magnates, a Hollywood film star, and a crusading evangelist people the pages of this lively novel.

  • Published: 7 February 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141919515
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

About the authors

UPTON SINCLAIR

"You don't have to be satisfied with America as you find it. You can change it," wrote Upton Sinclair in 1962. He had spent his own life doing just that through his writing and political activism. Bom September 20,1878, in Baltimore, Maryland, Sinclair began writing dime novels at the age of fifteen. By his death on November 25,1968, he had completed more than eighty books, twenty plays, and hundreds of articles dealing with virtually every social problem in the United States.

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