Author: Upton Sinclair
Year Published: 1927
Description: Set in rapidly developing Southern California in the 1920s, Oil! by Upton Sinclair used a fictional story of the contentious relationship between an oil tycoon and his son to expose the pervasive bribery and fierce rivalry associated with the early days of oil production in America. Like the author's earlier work, including The Jungle, it had strong themes of socialism and worker protection versus corporate greed and corruption. The novel served as the basis for a 2007 film titled "There Will Be Blood" directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
'...an evil power which roams the earth, crippling the bodies of men and women, and luring the nations to destruction by visions of unearned wealth, and the opportunity to enslave and exploit labor.'