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Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.
Topics: Economy, Wealth, The Middle East, Politics, Capitalism, War, American Foreign Policy, and Informative
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In today's world, you have to understand the history of oil. This book reads like a novel. You can't put it down -- and it provides an important background to all energy discussions today.more
Astonishing history of oil - the substance which drives the modern world economy. How it affects wars, economies, society, how nations rise and fall and fortunes are made and lost. A fundamental book for understanding a large portion of modern society.more
As has been said for two decades now, it reads like a biography. Of a buccaneer. With historical and economic context and the development of technology adding to the excitement. It helps that so many of these oil men were so eccentric. Who knew that J Paul Getty would make Howard Hughes appear conventional?I've read a fair amount about Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Shah's reign, etc., yet reading the history again thru the oil politics lens made me see it all differently. Who knew that the Saudis were so reasonable (and the Shah and Mossadegh so comparatively dense)? During the heights of OPEC's power, the Saudis (well, mostly one Western-educated envoy) always understood that jacking up prices so high could disrupt the consuming industrialized countries' economies with disastrous blowback on the suppliers.Mine is the early 1990s' edition; is the 2008 edition an update or reissue? Because this is a cliff-hanger.more
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