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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 Black gold and what we do for it., 10 Nov 2014
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This review is from: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (Paperback)
A superbly researched and well-written account of what oil means to us. The people it has made fortunes for and those it has broken on the wheel of greed and ambition are here. Here you can read about life's true gamblers, the men who bet long, not with plastic chips but with the countries they carve up, invade or just rub out, for their oil wealth.

A real eye-opener with a fabulous list of A-list stars from the Goldsmiths and Rockefellers to Winston Churchill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth however long it takes to read, 5 Nov 2008
I brought this following a recommendation and am glad to say it was worth the effort. The book traces the history of the oil industry in the context of global political and economic changes with a focus on the last 100 years (to the 1st Gulf War). The classic in its field, it provides a readable and non-trivial account that goes far beyond oil- it is also an entertaining and well written read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 14 May 2014
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A must read for anybody on the oil business ! A well written, very well researched, fascinating history. Very good.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 9 Nov 2013
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Highly recommended...good book . One of the best book to read when going into oil business or studies to improve
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed, 11 July 2013
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This is one of my all-time favourite books. It is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the fascinating story behind the discovery of rock oil (petroleum) in the USA and the enormous impact the subsequent quest for oil and the development of the petroleum industry have had on the economic and political events of the past 150 years
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner., 18 April 2013
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A page turner! An entertaining way to learn about oil and its history. Oil is a fascinating subject and its history has some good lessons on what entrepreneurship is about. In The Prize we learn how from a chaotic beginning oil becomes the most organised and well established of industries, which all from its very beginnings has tremendous influence on world history. In this last sense, The Prize is a nice lesson on how new industries are born and how complicated and messy the subsequent process of regulation and consolidation can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ FOR ANYONE SERIUOSLY INTERESTED IN THE OIL INDUSTRY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON MANKIND, 24 Feb 2013
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The engaging way this book is written makes it difficult to put aside and carry on with one's daily duties. After reading "The Prize" I have got a far better understanding of the oil industry history, its structure, its evolution, its "heroes and villains", its influence in our lives since 1859, the way its lack of or abundance of changed crucial moments in the last century and a half of human history and much more.
It is hard to say something about this book that has not been said in previous Reviews (Apart from those two 3-star rating, which are, in my opinion, irrelevant) But if you are interested in the geopolitics of energy and want to know why we are so dependent on oil this book and its sequel (The Quest) are the two books to be read. Just be prepare to dedicate a good portion of your time to read them, that is why you must be "seriously interested"
All in all this book is an excellent reading, go for it!!!!
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