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

William Engdahl
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20 Oct 2004
'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

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. Moving from the post-World War I period up to the present day, he shows how oil is – and has always been – the motivating factor in international policy and conflicts.

Shedding light on the 1970s oil shocks and the grand strategy of Washington after the end of the Cold War, Engdahl presents a convincing case that geopolitics and oil were behind the collapse of the Soviet Union, the breakup of Yugoslavia, the rise and fall of the Taliban. He reveals evidence to show that the US and UK decision to go to war in Iraq was not simply an issue of corporate greed. It was a strategic move to control the world economy for the following half century or more.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; New edition edition (20 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074532309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745323091
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

This book is the only accurate account I have seen of what really happened with the price of oil in 1973. I can strongly recommend reading it. (Sheikh Zaki Yamani, former Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia)

A more thrilling account of the real world than the most thrilling fictional thriller. I could not put it down - and I learned an enormous amount of important information. (Andre Gunder Frank)

... intellectually penetrating in its grasp of the conditions under which politicians have to operate in the modern world, The scholarship is impeccable and it elucidates the lamentable record of the crimes and fillies of the few who stretched the levers of power almost to the breaking point. 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. Above all, I recommend this book to readers in the Third World as a faithful account of why my generation of political leaders failed to achieve the reasonable expectation of their political constituencies... (Dr Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister, Guyana)

This book is not for the timid or the inattentive. It gets down to bed-rock... It is a fine bit of work and defines better the real problem areas of our society... (Col Fletcher Prouty, USAF (ret.), author, The Secret Team and the real life of Mr.X and JFK movie.)

...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... fully surpasses my standards for a worthwhile book (Leon D. Richardson, Far East Financial columnist, industrialist, advisory board, Sloan School of Management, MIT)

About the Author

William Engdahl has written on issues of energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning with the first oil shock in the early 1970's. He 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 also spoken at numerous international conferences on geopolitical, economic and energy subjects, and is active as a consulting economist.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full spectrum dominance 2 April 2006
By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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H. Kissinger has said: 'control energy and you control the nations.'
W. Engdahl explains the all importance of oil in world domination, and more specifically its geopolitical, military, economic and financial impact.
Oil became for the first time an important raw material during World War I, when air, mobile tank and swifter naval warfare held the upper hand.
After WW I the British sought to secure their petroleum supplies, by creating the League of Nations, which was only a facade of international legitimacy to a naked imperial seizure of territory.
British imperial power was based on 3 pillars: control of world sea-lines, of world banking and finance and of strategic raw materials. Through its free trade policy (liberalism) it tried to preserve and to serve the interests of an exclusive private power: a tiny number of bankers and institutions of the City of London.
Its hegemony was attacked and replaced by the US after WW II, confirmed by the Bretton-Woods Agreements with the creation of the IMF and the World bank.
The new hegemon was (and is ) built on 2 pillars: military power and the dollar, but those pillars are fundamentally intertwined with one commodity: petroleum, the basis of the world economy's growth engine.
10 % of the Marshall aid to Europe after WW II served to buy US oil. The big US oil companies asked top dollars for their exports and obtained also that the aid could not be used to build refineries.
The Vietnam war constituted a massive diversion of the US industry into the production of defense goods (pillar 1).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This is a must read book for anyone who is interested in learning the truth behind the headlines relating to many recent events. From the Falklands War to the current war in Iraq, this book analysis the economic factors that lead to - or in some way influenced - some of the major global events in modern history.

It explores in detail the relationships, theories and possible motives behind them without ever descending into crazy 'conspiracy' theories.

I've bought this book for a number of people and urge anyone who has an interest in the world around them to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hidden History Behind the Rise of Power 7 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
"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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling 5 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
This is one of the best books i have ever read- i read it twice since some of the information is so important.
This book re-writes history as never before.the detail of the references is outstanding.
read this book it may change how you view our world, what you believe in and history in general.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 11 May 2006
By C. Ross
Format:Paperback
If you every wondered WHY we are "suddenly" chasing OIL half-way around the world, while America is kept in the dark - READ this book.

Another excellent book on Geo-Political influences and what America has been involved in since WWII, read and share:

"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man". You will not think about our Country, the World, the same. Our Country has lost it's way - we must understand our history - before we can clean up our mistakes and create a better future for all.
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