"Much of this book is devoted to understanding the factors that are leading us to the break point," says the author himself. "The history of energy shows that ... (energy) crisis is always followed by a defining break point, after which government policies, and social and technological forces begin to rebalance the structure of the world's vast energy complex."
By recounting many such break points, the author reveals how mankind, driven by a never-to-be satisfied appetite, has left no stone unturned for fossil oil just to travel faster, eat better and kill each other more efficiently.
Mankind since "civilization" is not just greedy, but stupid as well.
Mankind should search for a break point in the way people think and behave, rather than just a break point that gives us a new energy source. That would be value in the book beyond the author's expectation.