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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.
Energy consultant Yergin limns oil's central role in most of the wars and many international crises of the 20th century. "A timely, information-packed, authoritative history of the petroleum industry, tracing its ramifications, national and geopolitical, to the present day," said PW. Photos. Author tour.
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spell bounding journey through the history of the most important item of our daily life. great story telling of the oil history that we have lived throughPublished 5 months ago by Fred Halldorson
Great read. Very interesting. Hard to find an Oil history which isn't politically swayed. This is the book you want!Published 6 months ago by Bryan
This is the first detailed history of the oil Industry with all the political ramifications and impacts on countries around the world. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bruce97
Fantastic in-depth account on the history of oil around the globe, creating an understanding of the current situation.
Reads like a story.
I work in the Canadian oil industry in Alberta and found this book very interesting. It took me months of reading it in camp after work to complete, but I felt it was a great and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Zane Gates
This is an incredibly narrative on the oil industry. I found the first part (pre WWII) too detailed, sometimes too focused on individuals and not so much on the companies they were... Read morePublished 22 months ago by dw
I was impressed, I learned alot and it read more like a novel and less like a text book. I have recommended it more than a few times.Published on Sept. 22 2011 by Kurtis Sali