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Oil is the most vital resource of our time. It drives the global economy, shifts the balance of geopolitical power, and (some would say) inspires nations to go to war. Leonardo Maugeri writes a probing and controversial history of the oil industry, as only an insider can provide.
Beginning with the age of John Rockefeller and oil imperialism, the author delves into the oil history of the Middle East, the energy crisis of 1973, the oil collapse of 1998–99, the Gulf Wars, and the sharp price hikes following Hurricane Katrina. Maugeri offers a refreshingly contrarian viewpoint on the oil industry, debunking alarmist myths.
This new edition also features updated commentary about the controversy surrounding Hugo Chávez and the consumption of Venezuela, as well as the phenomena of resource nationalism in Russia, Libya, and throughout the world.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.99(d)|
About the Author
Leonardo Maugeri is Group Senior Vice President, Stratgeies and Development, for the Italian energy company Eni, the sixth-largest publicly listed oil company in the world.
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"Everything you wanted to learn about the history of oil, from the days of the Rockefellers to the Iraq war. A clear, well written, and convincing argument runs through the book: Pessimism and doomsday predictions have come and gone at least three times in the 20th century. Pessimistic predictions have come again: again, they are equally likely to go. I was convinced."--(Olivier Blanchard, Massachusettes Institute of Technology)
"Leonardo Maugeri is a contrarian, dissenting from much of the conventional wisdom about the future of oil. He has written a fascinating history of the politics and economics of petroleum, from John D. Rockefeller to the present, that places today's discussions about energy in a broader context. Agree or disagree with his conclusions, Maugeri is always interesting and insightful and this book is essential reading."--(Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International, Host of PBS Foreign Exchange)
"Leonardo Maugeri's book is certain to spark a fierce debate, as he fully intends. With skill and wit and deep knowledge, he challenges some widely held perceptions about oil. The result is one of the best books written on oil, a book that will become an essential part of any future discussion on oil."--(Richard Holbrooke, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations)
"Leonardo Maugeri provides a lively and insightful history of oil, the world's most contoversial commodity, and an informed perspective on key questions for the future, including the hot topic of whether the world really is 'running out.' He also brings his wisdom and experience to bear in making sense of the not-so-secret 'secret' of oil--its critical rone in the world economy and global politics."--(Daniel Yergin, Author, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power)
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