THE GREAT GAME: Story of the First Oil War

THE GREAT GAME: Story of the First Oil War

by Togrul Bagirov


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Inspired by true historical events, The Great Game is a gripping narrative of the personal ambitions and geopolitical interests in the very first fight for oil that played out on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The struggle to control Baku’s oil pitted the richest families of the time against each other – front and center are the Nobels locked in a rivalry with the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers. Darkening the plot further were the Communist revolutionaries Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin.

The novel takes us on a journey where Baku is transformed into the world’s oil center by the turn of the 20th century through the technological innovations and business ingenuity of the Nobel family. It offers a glimpse into the life of that period – widening economic inequality, immense personal hardships, family separations, broken promises and hearts.

Based on extensive research, The Great Game offers a captivating account of the rise of oil as the world’s top strategic commodity while simultaneously drawing us into the heart of the personal stories and rivalries of the early oil barons in Baku.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985197315
Publisher:, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/05/2019
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Dr. Togrul Bagirov - global energy security expert with the United Nations. Founder of the Baku Nobel Heritage Foundation and the Nobel Family museum. Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star of Sweden. Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor of France. Visiting professor of energy security studies.

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