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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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...
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 8 Oct 2003
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R.G.Bitter (Amersfoort Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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 the most fascinating stories in this book. Mr. Yergin shows an amazing breadth and depth whether dealing with power politics, the economics of the oil price or cartel issues and throughout all these subjects the book is evenly paced. The ultimate reason to be fascinated by the book, however, is probably the nagging uneasiness about the future of hydrocarbon man: will the next energy crisis be a lasting one?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book, 30 Aug 2008
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N. GILBERT "Nick G" (London) - See all my reviews
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This book informed my thinking on foreign relations like no other. Time and again it makes the link between oil and the involvement of governments in those places where it is found. The book is beautifully written with the first two-thirds reading more like a novel than non-fiction. After reading this book, you will read the news in a different light.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars history of oil industry and effect of oil on the world econs, 16 Oct 2000
great insight into the history of oil. it eluminates its great importance throughout the 20th cent both politically and econmically.it links the outcome of some world events with the availability and non availability of oil. i borrowed the book from the library twice but now intend to buy it. it is a fantastic read and ref book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic, 20 May 2009
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G. van Vuuren (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (Paperback)
Oil doesn't interest me much at all - nor the "quest for power" - but there's a reason this was awarded the Pulitzer. From the opening page this book is unputdownable. Riveting stuff, told superbly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Oil & World Politics in 1 book., 24 Mar 2011
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This review is from: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (Paperback)
Fantastic read for those who have even the slightest interest in oil.

I recently finished watching the TV series on this, but the book is sooooo much better.

Highly Recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definative story of the oil business and of the 20th century, 30 Dec 1998
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This book is a must read it is superbly written and once you start to read you will never stop .It is the ultimate history of the oil business entwined with 20th century history and all the politics war and intrigue.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but flawed, 28 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (Paperback)
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 book was clearly researched in the aftermath of the oil shocks of the 1970's and much of the books tone is informed by the impact of the shocks.

Secondly, whilst the book has excellent stuff about the development of oil in the Persian Gulf, its analysis of the relationship between the USA and Saudia Arabia from the 60/70's onwards is farcially thin. Maybe its my own prejudice but thier is no real attempt at an explaintion as to how this crucial relationship in world oil was maintained so well, esp given the obvious potential point of conflict over Israel. The farce is reached when the epilougue talks about 9/11 and omits even the fact that the terrorists were from saudia arabia! Now I dont know anymore than anyone else what the true nature of the relationship is/has been between these two coutries and the people at the top in both coutries, but a lot has been written about it by others and for this book to devote so little to this subject was deeply dissapointing.

Its a real shame as otherwise this book is a tour de force on business and geo-politics. its essential reading for anyone remotely interested in the subject matter. I'd go as far to say you can't have an informed opinion on the relationship between energy, politics and business without having read this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the definitive work on the history of the oil industry, 8 Oct 2009
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P. GRIMSDALE "Peter Grimsdale" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (Paperback)
Yergin wrote this book nearly thirty years ago. He's revisted it recently and brought some of it up to date, but the early stuff is fantastic. Very readable - at times almost like a thriller with very good portraits of the extraordinary larger than life characters that populate this fundamental business.Just Watch Me Perfect Night
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 17 Feb 2014
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very informative and clever. a great read. gives an excellent insight into the oil world and its impact on the world politics
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