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A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Orde [Paperback]

F. William Engdahl
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September 2004
This book is a gripping account of the murky world of the international oil industry and its role in world politics. Scandals about oil are familiar to most of us. From George W. Bush's election victory to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US politics and oil enjoy a controversially close relationship. The US economy relies upon the cheap and unlimited supply of this single fuel. William Engdahl takes the reader through a history of the oil industry's grip on the world economy. His revelations are startling.

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"'This is the only accurate account I have seen of what really happened with the price of oil in 1973. I strongly recommend reading it.' --Sheikh Zaki Yamani, former Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia
'I recommend this book to all who wish to know how the world is really run, what are the systems behind the sub-systems we perceive in the daily media, and what are the antecedents of the present global political dilemmas.' --Dr Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister, Guyana
'For those truly interested about how the world economy functions, this book will be greatly useful. The book treats especially well the political goals of Britain, a thread in modern history all too often overlooked.' --Stephen J. Lewis, economist, City of London
'... one of the most readable books I have ever seen. It will shock people, but it is needed. William Engdahl has found a common thread that ties hundreds of events which, at first glance, appear to be unassociated.' --Leon D. Richardson, Far East Financial columnist, industrialist, advisory board, Sloan School of Management, Massachussetts Institute of Technology

About the Author

William Engdahl has written on issues of energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning the first oil shock in the early 1970's. After a degree in politics from Princeton University and graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm, he worked as a free-lance writer in New York and later in Europe, covering subjects including IMF policy in the former Soviet Union, Third World debt issues, hedge funds and the Asia crisis. Mr. Engdahl has contributed regularly to a number of publications including Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine; Grant'sInvestor.com, European Banker and Business Banker International. He has spoken at numerous international conferences on geopolitical, economic and energy subjects, from London to Jakarta to Moscow. He currently lives in Germany and in addition to writing regularly on issues of economics, energy and international affairs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is Out There March 25 2004
I first ran across this book referenced in a footnote about three years ago and tried to track it down. First I tried to purchase it, but found that it was out of print and used copies were going for $100.00+ on the internet. I found this curious since it was relatively recent (1993) and, given its topic, was certainly of tremendous interest to US readers, even before the events of 9/11 and the subsequent Gulf War II. I was fortunate to find it in my university library and have since read it several times.
I am tempted to go 'on and on' about this book, especially since it is not easily available for people to read. Nor does anyone seem to feel that they can (or are able to?) republish what should be a 'best seller' in the current geopolitical climate and circumstances. Engdahl, whose personal background includes engineering and law (Princeton), working in Texas oil industry, and international economics (University of Stockholm), does a penetrating and eloquent job of sorting out the complex web that connects the controlling interests of international politics with the goals and objectives of global oil and financial interests, these having merged in the last century into the powerful and dominant hegemony of an Anglo-American consortium.
There are so many revelations that are so well documented that one has to slow down and completely reorientate his or her conception of and attitude toward recent history. His tone is neither particularly vindictive nor is it conspiratorial. It looks at people and events and provides plausible motives and methods that are not part of the conventional awareness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hidden History Behind the Rise of Power March 5 2012
A Century of War defines the centres of power behind the events that have shaped modern civilization. It gives their perspective and methods of expanding that power by subtly manipulating international events to their benefit.

The history begins with the description of the well known policy of England since ancient times to manipulate the countries of Europe, so that conflict would prevail there. Thus the island nation was left in peace to dominate the seaways, and loot the raw materials of the world.

This remarkable book goes on to describe in detail how the same policy was adopted by the United States in harmony with England, as the two super powers used surprising and subtle methods to gain control of the riches of other nations, particularly the world oil supply. When the victim nation tried to take control of its own natural resources it was often plunged into financial depression or mired in war or political upheavals. Always it was to the benefit of the two superpowers.

In thrall to this international game, they invested their huge financial gains internationally rather than in their own industries, infrastructures, and technological development, thus weakening their own true wealth.

The traditional view of history is completely overthrown by this piercing account, which reveals that behind the historical scenes were puppet masters, manipulating every movement of the play. For example, the second world war is normally blamed entirely on Hitler, but once one knows that he was helped to power by England to destroy not only Europe, but Germany and Russia, one can no longer view the Second World War in quite the same way.

This book is a must read in the effort to understand the story of how we got to where we are today, who the powers really are who are determining our futures, and what motivates them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy crap!! Jan. 18 2004
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This book will blow the socks off of what you think about international politics and policies and the level to which people will stoop for power. It flies in the face of the cinderella version of history you are spoon fed from day one. It is a must read for anyone who cares about the direction America is taking today.
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