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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is a truly amazing book. Certainly, 800 pages of fine print about oil is a lot and this book is no bedtime read. Yet, at the end your only major complaint is likely to be that the story stops at the time of the first Iraq war. Whether your interest is oil, the workings of the business world, diplomacy, American, European or Middle Eastern history, you will find...
Published on 8 Oct. 2003 by R.G.Bitter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but flawed
I would recommend this book to anyone, its great, a real page turner. The three stars is in the context of the other ratings.

However, it does have a few flaws. The first is entirely faultless on the author, the book is 20-30 years old. Whilst it was completed in 1992 and hase a quite recent epilouge, the genesis of the book is clearly the early 80's. The...
Published on 28 Feb. 2012 by eddy


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Read, 25 Jan. 2013
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Very informative. Just shows how nothing has changed over the past 120 years and how we never learn from our mistakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The engine of modern history, 24 Oct. 2013
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The story of our most important resource, after food and water, regaled in a wonderful eye-opening narrative. Full of colourful driven characters this book is effortless to read and yet more educational than any other history of modern times I've ever read.
Highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prize, 19 May 2003
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Tony Allwright (Co Dublin Ireland) - See all my reviews
Marvellous book; reads like a novel; instructs painlessly; unputdownable. And there's a great photo of George W Bush as a child!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice for a thought provoking read., 1 Aug. 2014
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An excellent choice for a challenging read. Be warned, this is a LONG book but a really interesting book. Very thought provoking. The delivery was excellent, arrived next day and the book itself is in perfect condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Story of Oil discovery, 4 Oct. 2013
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Contents and book condition perfectly ok.
Some delay in delivery.
I get the book after reading "the quest". It completes the oil history in a quite clear way. It's Crystal for a historic question.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic., 22 Aug. 2012
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This book is just amazing. I love how Daniel Yergin authors and writes and this book lays a perfect platform to read his bigger, better and updated The QUEST, which get a 5 stars as against the 4 stars to this..
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Prize by Daniel Yergin, 4 Jan. 2013
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This is an authoritative alternate history of the last 150 years, full of novel information (for me!) and insights. Above all, it reads like a thriller. Start reading the first page and you are hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 24 Mar. 2015
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This is a well written and fascinating book. Compelling reading for anyone interested in the oil industry, or just interested in history. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars prize, 11 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (Paperback)
Pretty enthraling story about how aspects of life are dictated by oil. Well worth a read. it is a pretty chunky monkey but the reading is fairly easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive reading, 3 April 2012
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Whatever this book's flaws--and there are a few--it is compulsive reading. Yergin has wisely focused on the commanding figures of the oil industry from Rockefeller through Yamani (the book ends with the first Gulf War). Oil is definitely a macho game, and only one woman plays anything more than a walk-on role. The winners of the "Prize" fall into four categories--the buccaneers (independent producers and wildcatters), the executives of major oil companies, the leaders of oil-producing countries, and the leaders of their customers. There is no firm division between the last two categories: the United States was the leading oil exporter and consumer up to WW2, and is now the leading consumer by far. But it also is the home of most of the oil companies.

However colorful, entertaining and illuminating these mini-biographies are, this focus tends to drive other serious questions to the margins. For instance, most of the world's proven oil reserves are in Muslim countries. Once a nation has a dominant oil industry, all other forms of economic activity tend to die out. Nothing else is remotely as profitable. A few years ago I read that the total value of non-oil exports from all Middle-Eastern countries is less than that of Finland. The only Muslim country with a dynamic modern economy is Turkey--and they have no oil (and a long tradition of secular governments). The net result is that relatively few Muslims have opportunities for interesting and dynamic careers--which is why so many of them emigrate to the West.

By the same token, Mexico and Venezuela--the two major oil exporters in Latin America--are missing out on the boom that is propelling Brazil into the world's front rank of economic powers. Yergin does mention that oil destabilised Iran under the Shah, but he attributes this more to Westernising policies than the economic dislocation caused by oil.

Nonetheless, this is a valuable book and a compelling read. As others have mentioned, the epilogue is pretty thin gruel. But this is hardly surprising--Yergin has written other books about contemporary oil policy and likely future trends, such as "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World". You can hardly blame an author for wanting you to buy more of his books.
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