When the Quest for Wealth Trumps All

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 10/03/2007 12:00 am EDT

Stupid to the Last Drop
By William Marsden
Knopf Canada
248pp. $29.95

Ah, Alberta's legendary oil sands. We hear about them all the time, how towns like Fort MacMurray are bursting at the seams with people wanting to get rich from helping extract and refine this latter-day gold. The provincial and federal governments tout the economic wealth that's buried in this topsoil-like material. But slowly, Canadians are learning more about these ubiquitous yet ambiguous oil sands, and William Marsden's new book is part of this education.

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