The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp Hardcover – Nov 10 2014
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What I didn't like about this book is how terribly written it is. All of his phrases are colloquial and are difficult to interpret even with the simplicity of the ideas set forth. His order of information seems as though he scribbled ideas on a napkin and packed some google searches into a book. Another thing I disliked is the constant Racist Innuendo's towards the Arab states which were kind of lame. He basically makes jokes about sand when referring to any of the middle Eastern countries, often referring to them as "dictatorships in sand dunes".
Marin has some reasonable insight on the energy markets, but he is a fool to make blanket assumptions that mislead the reader about geopolitical issues going on the Middle East. Most of this book are his own opinions that sound as if they were formulated by Western media. He constantly throw's Shi'a muslims under the bus by equating them with Sunni extremist's, while simultaneously defending Saudi Arabian interests as under " threat" by minority Shi'a regimes in Syria and Lebanon. This would make sense if there were Shi'as invading Sunni's, but its the opposite way around and it always has been. There is no specific investment insight coming out of this book; he's obviously bullish on the East. Not worth the time and money, I basically just summarized the whole book.
Overall, a very well written book delivering clear and precise information in a manner that is easy to follow. Marin Katusa has done a great job in putting all of this together where anyone can understand it. At the very least, it brings into play, another perspective and awareness into current events. A book well worth the time to read.
The book will make some people a little bit bruised, each for a different reasons. Telling the naked truth tends to do that.
The one more thing that I'd like to see in this book is the analysis how the oil price is related to the exchange rates of the major currencies (including gold) and the interest rates in the US and the rest of the world.
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