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Crude Deception
     

Crude Deception

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by Gordon Zuckerman
 

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From June 1963, following the author's graduation from the Harvard Business School, until April 2005, when he sold his Resort Hotel company. Mr. Zuckerman enjoyed the privilege of working for forty-two years as a entrepreneurial problem solving leader in what many people regarded as the Golden Age of American Commerce. Through-out his career he would witness, hear,

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From June 1963, following the author's graduation from the Harvard Business School, until April 2005, when he sold his Resort Hotel company. Mr. Zuckerman enjoyed the privilege of working for forty-two years as a entrepreneurial problem solving leader in what many people regarded as the Golden Age of American Commerce. Through-out his career he would witness, hear, or become aware of major events that appeared to have a significant influence over people's lives, some positive and some not so beneficial. Provided with the free time of retirement, Mr. Zuckerman has concentrated his attention on researching contemporary events, the consequences of which, have been instrumental on peoples' lives.

While the history of free enterprise is clearly dominated by the many stories of high-minded success, there have been situations where resources were misdirected and manipulated in the pursuit of self-serving agendas, frequently achieved at the public's expense. Mr. Zuckerman uses his writing easel to illustrate what can happen when a small fictional group, “The Six Sentinels” decide to oppose the efforts and those of irresponsible intentions. To create the plot for each of his books, the author has chosen to connect the dots of history. By telling the story through the fictional lives of the principal players, he hope to create an entertaining was of portraying historical events that may be reoccurring in present time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608321933
Publisher:
DSI Publications
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Series:
Sentinels , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
353
File size:
630 KB

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR From June 1963, following the author’s graduation from the Harvard Business School, until April 2005, when he sold his Resort Hotel company, Mr. Zuckerman enjoyed the privilege of working for forty-two years as a entrepreneurial problem solver during what many people regard as the Golden Age of American Commerce. Throughout this period he was responsible for creating cattle feeding companies, student housing companies, a national joint-venture real estate investment company, and a resort hotel company. Through-out his career he would witness, hear, or become aware of major events that appeared to have a significant influence over people’s lives, some positive and some not so beneficial. Provided with the free time of retirement, Mr. Zuckerman has concentrated his attention on researching contemporary events, the consequences of which, have been instrumental on peoples’ lives. He has concluded, while the history of free enterprise is clearly dominated by the many stories of high-minded success where the resources made available were organized to “Push Back the Desert”, and situations where the resources were misdirected and manipulated in the pursuit of self-serving agendas, frequently achieved at the public’s expense. Becoming more familiar with the story behind the story, Zuckerman believes the democratic free enterprise system represents the goose that lays the ‘golden eggs’ and needs to be protected from those who would abuse the privilege. He has used his writing easel to illustrate what can happen when a small fictional group, “The Six Sentinels” decide to help make-happen the constructive efforts and oppose those of questionable intentions. To create the plot for each of his books, the author has chosen to connect the dots of history. Any book describing the support or opposition to self-serving agendas must necessarily be a story about people. The stories are told through the evolving lives of fictional, high-minded, high-energy, creative problem solvers. The intrigue in their lives has been added to generate added interest for the reader who is interested in learning more about the cause and effects of some of the important events of our times.

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Crude Deception (the Sentinels Series Book Two) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
Crude Deception by Gordon Zuckerman This book read more like a history book than a novel. What little bit of research I did on the premise seems to hold true with the author's vision, frightening to say the least. Post WWII intrigue by the oil industry to seize the world is the theme of the book. I liked the book but would have preferred to have a little more background about the Sentinels. The Sentinels appeared to be a well connected, off the books, oversight group with international implications. Perhaps a forward giving their role and background would have made the book more comprehensible. There is a fair amount of mild action with international travel. There are tie ins to the modern day if you are at all familiar with history. Big business is not painted with a broad brush. It is clear that some big business was corrupted or corruptible but others strove for honesty. Overall it is a tale of greed that certainly resonates with Enron, Madoff and Haliburton. There is even a Black Water connection provided by the Samson group. Once again if you don't know your history you are doomed to repeat it. It appears as a nation we aren't very concerned about history. I recommend it.
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
The Sentinels: Crude Deception is a mix of thriller and historical fiction with its central point based on a group of individuals called the sentinels, who have set out to break up a monopoly of seven major oil companies who began controlling the oil industry after World War II. The story begins with the seven American and British oil companies breaking the law by getting together for a private meeting. Jacques, one of the sentinel's, spies from a nearby fishing stream at a private hunting and fishing club. He records each plane's individual make and model number as each plane passes above him, before landing for the meeting. This information is to prove proof that the seven oil company monopoly has gotten together. This is brought back to the sentinel table and the sentinels quest begins. Zuckerman has taken the element most common to government and politics, those which include the deceptions, greed and secretive societies. He has intermingled them with fiction, thrown in some past history and actual facts, to create this very realistic novel. We all know how controversial oil and government can be. However, Zuckerman takes us back to the era of 1946 and presents a group of heroes, the sentinels, who are not only graduates of an elite American doctoral program, but are also tied in to the global financial district. With a plan to break up the oil group, the sentinels acquire help from some of the current world's most powerful private investors, Middle Eastern leaders and government officials. Crude Deception covers numerous issues that are relevant to the issues in the world as it is today. The characters in the book are very strong and focused on their agenda, which is to create their own kind of energy development fund, with the intent on putting a stop to the controlling financial grip the seven big oil corporations have on the current market. I found Crude Deception to be slow at first, but it did pick up speed at times and then settle down again. All the sentinels are distinct in their own way and, although they are all distinguished individuals, each have their own little quirks. I recommend this book for those who are into mild thrillers with a twist of history and government, otherwise you will lose interest quickly.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Crude Deception is the second book in The Sentinels series. The Sentinels are a group of well-connected people who perform various missions that protect American interests on a global basis. They discover that the major oil companies in America have formed a monopoly that will ever prevent anyone from entering the market in any part of the world. The difference to take note is that this takes place in the 1950s, and the story seems to really be about the formation of OPEC, an irony indeed considering its power and sphere of influence today. However, to take one back to the time of this novel, the Sentinels come to experience the same government officials, lobbyists, businessCEOs , etc. who are in the pockets of the major oil companies. The President and other officials have a better idea, to create an agency that will open up the market to the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. It takes considerable risk for Jacques and Claudia Roth, as well as Mike Stone and Cecilia Chang, to begin the intelligence, form a plan, travel to places yielding financial support, and so on in order for their plan to develop. As they inch forward each step, the threats change to life and death attacks. For the "Oil Club," as it is known, is more powerful than ordinary citizens realize and just as immoral and illegal in many of its actions guaranteeing its continued monopoly. To say more would be a spoiler. Suffice to say, Crude Deception is an action-packed, intelligent adventure into the world of big business with some espionage, intelligence and counter-intelligence to exhilarate readers galore. Finely crafted story that reads more like reality than fiction!