MixedThe Financial TimesA punchy polemic that spends its first four chapters making the case for nuclear; another five knocking down alternatives and any objections; and a conclusion setting out how to make the vision a reality. It is unfortunate, but probably unavoidable, that it gets progressively less convincing as it goes on ... The book ultimately leaves a sense that although nuclear power can be part of the answer to the climate threat, it cannot be the silver bullet.
PositiveThe Financial TimesAs journalist Bethany McLean sketches with clarity and concision in this book, the shale revolution has had profound effects on the U.S., creating jobs and cutting energy costs, but many of the claims made for it have been overblown ... If you have not been reading much news coverage of the sector over the past 10 years and want to be brought up to speed, then this is the book for you. If you have been following the story, you will find much of the material familiar. But McLean does provide a useful focus on some under-appreciated aspects of the shale revolution, in particular the role of debt in the industry’s growth ... She is careful not to be over-confident with her predictions, writing that \'as history shows, even oil and gas executives don’t have a clue what’s going to happen next.\' But while that might be an unsatisfying conclusion, it is nevertheless an important one.