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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil، Money and Power

Monday 22/January/2018 - 12:30 PM
Sada El Balad

Traces the history of the struggle for oil in the United States--the individuals involved، the impact of secret deals، the iron-willed tycoons، national strategies، gas lines، and oil gluts

Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300،000 copies in print، Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil، money، and power has been extensively updated to address the 2008 energy crisis.

Paperback: 928 pages
Author: Daniel Yergin
Publisher: Free Press; Reissue edition (December 23، 2008)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches

About the Author
Daniel Yergin is a writer of international renown and president of Cambridge Energy Research Associates، a leading firm on political risk and economic analysis. He is consulted by ministers، politicians، CEOs and investors around the world.

Editorial Reviews
"Spellbinding...irresistible...monumental...must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history." -- The New York Times

"A masterly narrative...The Prize portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests، the conflicts and stratagems، the miscalculations، the follies، and the ironies." -- James Schlesinger، former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Secretary of Energy

"Splendid and epic history of oil.... The story is brilliantly told...with its remarkable cast of characters." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Impassioned and riveting...only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen، heroes and villains." -- San Francisco Examiner

Amazon.com Review
Daniel Yergin's first prize-winning book، Shattered Peace، was a history of the Cold War. Afterwards the young academic star joined the energy project of the Harvard Business School and wrote the best-seller Energy Future. Following on from there، The Prize، winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction، is a comprehensive history of one of the commodities that powers the world--oil. Founded in the 19th century، the oil industry began producing kerosene for lamps and progressed to gasoline. Huge personal fortunes arose from it، and whole nations sprung out of the power politics of the oil wells. Yergin's fascinating account sweeps from early robber barons like John D. Rockefeller، to the oil crisis of the 1970s، through to the Gulf War.

From Publishers Weekly
Energy consultant Yergin limns oil's central role in most of the wars and many international crises of the 20th century. "A timely، information-packed، authoritative history of the petroleum industry، tracing its ramifications، national and geopolitical، to the present day".

From Library Journal
This book does not require recent events in the Persian Gulf to make it an essential addition for most public libraries as well as all college libraries. Written by one of the foremost U.S. authorities on energy، it is a major work in the field، replete with enough insight to satisfy the scholar and sufficient concern with the drama and colorful personalities in the history of oil to capture the interest of the general public. Though lengthy، the book never drags in developing its themes: the relationship of oil to the rise of modern capitalism; the intertwining relations between oil، politics، and international power; and the relationship between oil and society in what Yergin calls today's age of "Hydrocarbon Man." Parts of the story have been told as authoritatively before، e.g.، in Irvine Anderson's Aramco: The United States and Saudi Arabia ( LJ 781)، but never in as comprehensive a fashion as here.

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