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

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

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by Daniel Yergin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0671799320

ISBN-13: 9780671799328

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Free Press

The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil - and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the twentieth century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of history is

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The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil - and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the twentieth century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of history is enormous - from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqui invastion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671799328
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Map Prologue PART I THE FOUNDERS Chapter 1 Oil on the Brain: The Beginning Chapter 2 "Our Plan": John D. Rockefeller and the Combination of American Oil Chapter 3 Competitive Commerce Chapter 4 The New Century Chapter 5 The Dragon Slain Chapter 6 The Oil Wars: The Rise of Royal Dutch, the Fall of Imperial Russia Chapter 7 "Beer and Skittles" in Persia Chapter 8 The Fateful Plunge PART II THE GLOBAL STRUGGLE Chapter 9 The Blood of Victory: World War I Chapter 10 Opening the Door on the Middle East: The Turkish Petroleum Company Chapter II From Shortage to Surplus: The Age of Gasoline Chapter 12 "The Fight for New Production"

Chapter 13 The Flood Chapter 14 "Friends" -- and Enemies Chapter 15 The Arabian Concessions: The World That Frank Holmes Made PART III WAR AND STRATEGY Chapter 16 Japan's Road to War Chapter 17 Germany's Formula for War Chapter 18 Japan's Achilles' Heel Chapter 19 The Allies' War PART IV THE HYDROCARBON AGE Chapter 20 The New Center of Gravity Chapter 21 The Postwar Petroleum Order Chapter 22 Fifty-Fifty: The New Deal in Oil Chapter 23 "Old Mossy" and the Struggle for Iran Chapter 24 The Suez Crisis Chapter 25 The Elephants Chapter 26 OPEC and the Surge Pot Chapter 27 Hydrocarbon Man PART V THE BATTLE FOR WORLD MASTERY Chapter 28 The Hinge Years: Countries Versus Companies Chapter 29 The Oil Weapon Chapter 30 "Bidding for Our Life"

Chapter 31 OPEC's Imperium Chapter 32 The Adjustment Chapter 33 ,The Second Shock: The Great Panic Chapter 34 "We're Going Down"

Chapter 35 Just Another Commodity?

Chapter 36 The Good Sweating: How Low Can It Go?

Epilogue Chronology Oil Prices and Production Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments PhotoCredits Index

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Prize 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a monster! It took me several weeks to finish it. I read it during a flight to DC and several people commented to me on the plane and in the airports that it was a great book. This story is really a story of the twentieth century. It is the story of the rise of the Oil industry. What a mess! What a collection of crooks, crony capitalists, get-rich schemers, and arrogant imperialists! I loved it! Not that I want to be like any of these guys. But it was really engrossing to read. The author really brought the characters alive, and I think he didn¿t really damn them or worship them. He just told us what happened in a lively and very detailed way. The most interesting part for me was the way Oil was at the heart of most of the geo-political issues in all of modern history. I always knew that oil was part of the equation in historical issues, but to have the whole story revolves around it gave new appreciation for its impact on world societies. The treatments of the World Wars were my favorite parts. But the whole book just gave me a new prospective.
MiMiDelores More than 1 year ago
This book was purchased as a gift for a grandson who just finished college as a Petroleum Engineer. He was very pleased with it and told me that was one of the books that was used in a quiz that was taken during his internship for his present employment.
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A fantastic example of narrative history.
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Eric Beemer More than 1 year ago
I am now reading this a second time. The history of oil has greatly effected the world and Yergin explains this successfully. In general this book should be read by everyone to gain a better understanding of how oil fueled the American economy. Enjoy!
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After buying the print version of this book and finding that it is so big, thick, and unwieldy, I was looking forward to downloading it onto my Nook app. Unfortunately, the Nook version does not contain the 30 pages of pictures contained in the print version. I feel like I have an incomplete version of the book. I'm told that this was the publishers decision rather than B&N. Either way, very disappointing... Otherwise, the book itself, by all accounts, is supposed to be amazing. Hope to read it soon.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have rated this a 5 'or higher' except that the binding is so horrible that the book fell to pieces as I read it. Let's call that one of the ten surprises. The other nine, however are of the 'gee, I never knew that' variety. It is amazing how oil shaped 20th century history, without getting recognized as doing it. We all see oil's impact today, but it has been there over 100 years. Highly documented, and written in a way that will hold your attention. Even though the printer had such low quality standards, I think I'd buy it again knowing that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book captures the foundamental element of the oil industry, the risk. It is described as 'oil in the mind'. Those who suceeded in this oil and gas world had that in common. Everyday I can assure you that I rediscover this finding as I consult major and independent oil producers.