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Overload by Arthur Hailey
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Overload (original 1979; edition 1978)

by Arthur Hailey

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Title:Overload
Authors:Arthur Hailey
Info:Doubleday (1978), Edition: Book Club Edition, Hardcover, 443 pages
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Overload by Arthur Hailey (1979)

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Even if it was writen in 79 iyou can apply it to peak oil wich is coming soon, I mainly enjoyed it... ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
Just a little disappointed with this one. Normally I enjoy Hailey's books, as they are seemingly well researched, have a variety of decent characters and a reasonable plotline.

The main character of this one was a bit unattractive, and it was his ability to sleep with practically any female character he came across (and apparently ALL women found him attractive) that put me off. So by half way through the book he had slept with a 60+ year old grandmother/widow on the day he had come round to tell her her husband had died; two sisters in one night, with the knowledge of one sister's husband, whilst staying in their house (and gets her pregnant); a quadraplegic; he eyes up the quadraplegic's sister, apparently deciding she was ready and willing if and when he was in the mood...etc etc etc ...and all this whilst wondering why his wife was a bit moody.

The baddie is a cardboard cut out communist (who admires Ghandi, amongst others, even if he did promote non-violence), who vents out the usual crap speil that makes you wonder if communists do actually think like that. ( )
  nordie | May 30, 2011 |
great story about how electric power effects people. ( )
  zrohit | Oct 3, 2006 |
Entering this book in librarything.com, I came across this precient quote from Fortune Mag. "Since 1974 there has been very little new generating capacity in Calif - 1/2 of 1970-1974 level. As a result, there is a very real possibility of an economically ruinous power crunch by the 1990's........" Really........?
  Gorger |
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Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.

St Luke, xii, 35

O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon...

John Milton

Since... 1974, the rate at which new electrical generating capacity has been built in California has fallen to less than half of the 1970-74 level. As a result, the threat of an economically ruinous power crunch by the 1990s is very real; and there is already apprehension over the danger of brownouts and blackouts in the 1980s...

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Provides inside glimpses of the little-known world of electric power production--which is increasingly vital to all. One incident after another at Golden State Power and Light Company leads to the ulitmate crises--a total black-out!

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