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This book has become an international best-seller and appears in fourteen foreign languages. It details the emergence of the United States through the control of one commodity, oil. It traces that rise from the end of the 19th century, through two world wars to the endless wars of today over oil.
Here's some of what you will learn:
+ How Churchill and the British Navy shaped the events that led to World War I and the hidden role of control of Middle East oil behind the war.
+ How the British manipulated the 1919 Mandate to control Palestine, the Balfour Declaration, Sykes-Picot and the 1919 carve up the Middle East in a manner that haunts the world to this day.
+ Why Iran's Mossadegh had to be toppled by the CIA in the 1950'S to preserve Anglo-American oil control.
+ The real reason the CIA toppled France's President de Gaulle in May 1968
+ The secret origins of the post-1973 oil shocks and the Petro-dollar to replace the gold-backed dollar.
+ The real background to the toppling of Saddam Hussein going back to the 1990s.
+ The actual hidden role for control of world oil behind the post-911 US War on Terror.
This is a story about power, power over entire nations and continents. The story describes the vehicle to that unparalleled power over nations, oil, and the vital role it has played in peace as well as wars in the past century. Henry Kissinger, the former American Secretary of State put it succinctly during the first oil shock of the early 1970's. He declared, "Control the oil and you control entire nations." A thin red line runs through the history of the world since Fashoda, and that is covered in oil and blood. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is meant to provoke reflection and discussion among those who can see beyond the daily media manipulation of reality that is called news.
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I'd love to give it 10 stars. It is a brilliant book, and in the words of one Amazon reviewer: "This book is an eye-opener, and it is also very disturbing because suddenly one realizes that the simplified course of history that we have been taught is in fact a lot more complex..." It shows how access to, and dominance of, energy supply has been the root cause of war over the ages -- from wood to coal, and now to oil.
If you think the age of Empires is over, think again. This book exposes the shananagans and back room deals that are made in secret and in high places which ultimately take us to war. And are these deals primarily geo-political and a matter of national security? NO! Instead, think: control of world sea lanes, banking and finance, and strategic raw materials (pg. 50) Think also, secret societies and secret operations: the Roundtable, CIA covert ops/assassinations, Bilderberg, CFR, and yes, even Anglo-American backing for Hitler. It appears Plato was on to something...we live in a cave of illusions. Engdahl's book goes a long way to articulating the various historical connections that get by most of us dependent upon the mainstream "news".
This fascinating book examines the huge role that oil played in the 20th century. The rival empiresf struggle for the Middle Eastfs oil was one of the causes of the First World War. Control of this resource was one of World War Twofs great prizes. The oil price rises of the 1970s made the North Sea and Alaska fields profitable and led to the petrodollar monetary system, based on speculation not investment, profit not production. Oil money has always funded the environmental and anti-nuclear movements. The Rockefeller Brothersf Fund financed the 1970s Club of Rome report eLimits to Growthf, which proposed a epost-industrialf policy, meaning edestroy industry and stop developmentf. The oil-funded International Institute for the Environment and Development (board member Roy Jenkins) produced the book eOnly One Earthf, which also promoted epost-industrialismf. The German environmentalist Petra Kelly worked for the Ford Foundation-funded National Resources Defense Council. Oil companies funded the Aspen Institute (board member war criminal Robert McNamara), whose operatives ran the 1972 UN Environment Conference. The Atlantic Richfield Oil Company funded Friends of the Earth, and bought the Observer to spread the anti-industry message. In 1979, Thatcher and Reagan carried out the anti-industry programme, destroying industries and causing record debts and deficits, which pay Wall Street bond dealers and their clients record sums in interest income. Vice-President Dick Cheney says, gYoufve got to go where the oil ish, summing up much of world history since 1900. Sure enough, oil fuels imperial seizures in the Caspian Sea, Venezuela, Yugoslavia (which the USA and EU destroyed, leading to permanent US military bases in Kosovo, like Camp Bondsteel astride the pipeline route from the Caspian), and Afghanistan, a handy pipeline route, which Bush and Blair attacked and occupy. Most important is the Middle East, where, as the group Project for a New American Century said, gThe United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security.h Now the US state intends to occupy Iraq and run its oil exports, permanently.