Campbell, C. J. The Coming Oil Crisis. 1997, 210 pages (oversized book)
----- Oil Crisis. Sept 2005, 456 pages, Multi-Science Publishing
Deffeyes, Kenneth S. Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert’s Peak. 2005
----- Hubbert’s Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage. 2001
Goodstein, David. Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil. 2004
Heinberg, Richard. The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies. 2002
----- Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. 2004
Kunstler, James Howard. The Long Emergency. 2005
Cooke, Ronald. Oil, Jihad, and Destiny. 2005
Klare, Michael. Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependence. 2004
----- Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Landscape. 2002
Leeb, Stephen and Donna. The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself and Profit from the Coming Energy Crisis. 2004
McKillop, Andrew. Final Energy Crisis. 2004
McQuaig, Linda. It’s the Crude, Dude. 2004
Roberts, Paul, The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World. 2004
Ruppert, Michael. Crossing the Rubicon: September 11 and the Decline of American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. 2004
Shah, Sonia. Crude: The Story of Oil. 2004
Darley, Julian. High Noon for Natural Gas. 2004
Huber, Peter and Mark Mills. The Bottomless Well: The Twlight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy. 2005
Simmons, Matthew R. Twlight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy. 2005
Yeomans, Matthew. Oil: Anatomy of an Industry. 2004
Clark, William R. Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq, and the Future of the Dollar. 2005
Gold, Thomas. The Origin of Methane (and Oil) in the Crust of the Earth. 1993.
(Gold argues that oil is not a fossil fuel. For rebuttals, see Jean Laherrere, Dale Allen Pfeiffer, and Ugo Bardi below.)
(The following two essays support the Thomas Gold hypothesis, that oil is not a fossil fuel derived from organic matter, but is an abiotic substance generated in the crust of the earth.)
Brown, Thomas J., The End of Fossel Fuels
McGowan, Dave, Beware the ‘Peak Oil’ Agenda
(For a rebuttal of the Gold hypothesis, see the following:)
Bardi, Ugo, Abiotic Oil: Science or Politics?
Laherrere, Jean, No Free Lunch, Part 1: A Critique of Thomas Gold’s Claims for Abiotic Oil
Pfeiffer, Dale Allen, No Free Lunch, Part 2: If Abiotic Oil Exists, Where Is It?
(Other relevant essays, editorials, and news reports)
Caffentzis, George, Peak Oil and National Security: A Critique of Energy Alternatives
----- The Struggle for the Petroleum Commons: Local, Islamic, and Global
Klare, Michael T., More Blood, Less Oil: The Failed U.S. Mission to Capture Iraqi Petroleum
----- Oil Wars: Transforminhg the American military into a Global Oil-Protection Service
---- Mapping the Oil Motive
----- The Intensifying Global Struggle for Energy
Pocha, Jehangir, The Axis of Oil
Pitt, William Rivers, The Prophecy of Oil
Bryce, Robert, Running on Empty
Gowans, Stephen, US-UK Interventionism. The Hidden Agenda is Oil: Sudan: Round Gazillion
DeWit, Andrew, Peak Oil and Japan’s Food Dependence
Cavalto, Alfred J., Oil: Caveat Empty
Crensen, Matt, Experts: Petroleum May Be Nearing Peak
Mieszkowski, Katharine, After the Oil is Gone
Heinberg, Richard, Threats of Peak Oil to the Global Food Supply
Pfeiffer, Dale Allen, Peak Oil and the Working Class
Lundberg, Jan, Termination of the Fossil-Fuels Society
The foregoing list is supplied by James Herod (title link on this blog post). I especially recommend The Long Emergency, by James Howard Kunstler; Twilight in the Desert:The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy, by oil analyst Matthew Simmons; and anything by oil geologists Colin Campbell and Kenneth Deffeyes. Kunstler is very accessible, witty, and acerbic, and Simmons lays out a very detailed and chilling picture of the steep decline and eminent depletion of the world's largest, and one its few, "elephant" oil fields, on which we are dependent for a major portion of our oil supplies in this country.
Other favorite sources of mine are:Nuclear Energy and the Fossil Fuels, by M. King Hubbert, 1956. This is the famous 1956 report in which Shell Oil geologist M.King Hubbert correctly predicted the peaking of domestic oil production in 1970, and the peaking of global oil discoveries in 1964. He predicted the peaking of global production between year 2000 and 2010.
Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, and Risk Management, by Robert Hirsch, SAIC, Project Leader. The famous Hirsch Report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy.
World Oil Magazine
Peak Oil Presentation in the U.S. Congress, April 27, 2005, by Roscoe Bartlett, Rep. MD
American Theocracy:The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, by former Republican strategist Kevin Phillips.This is a beautifully written book that explores the relationship between our dependence on oil, specifically foreign oil, conservative politics, and religion in this country, and the dire political implications of oil depletion and our promotion of a way of life very dependent upon copious and ever-increasing quantities of the substance in a context where it may no longer be available. An absolute must -read, and a great pleasure to read because of the elegant, cogent writing.