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The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1991)

by Daniel Yergin

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extraordinarily thorough history of the oil industry--lacked analysis and sense of the author's position
  FKarr | May 19, 2013 |
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. ( )
  kday_working | Apr 7, 2013 |
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. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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. ( )
  Periodista | Apr 12, 2011 |
The subtitle is appropriate, the oil, money, and power prize is the epic story of the great game played by the leading powers in the acquisition of a carbon based energy source.
  gmicksmith | Mar 19, 2011 |
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Daniel Yergin's first prize-winning book, Shattered Peace, was a history of the Cold War. Afterwards the young academic star joined the energy project of the Harvard Business School and wrote the best-seller Energy Future. Following on from there, The Prize, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, is a comprehensive history of one of the commodities that powers the world--oil. Founded in the 19th century, the oil industry began producing kerosene for lamps and progressed to gasoline. Huge personal fortunes arose from it, and whole nations sprung out of the power politics of the oil wells. Yergin's fascinating account sweeps from early robber barons like John D. Rockefeller, to the oil crisis of the 1970s, through to the Gulf War.

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Recounts the history of oil and the struggle that has surrounded it from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm.

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