A Century of War

A Century of War : Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order

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'This is the only accurate account I have seen of what really happened with the price of oil in 1973. I strongly recommend reading it.' Sheikh Zaki Yamani, former Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia 'I recommend this book to all who wish to know how the world is really run, what are the systems behind the sub-systems we perceive in the daily media, and what are the antecedents of the present global political dilemmas.' Dr Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister, Guyana'For those truly interested about how the world economy functions, this book will be greatly useful. The book treats especially well the political goals of Britain, a thread in modern history all too often overlooked.' Stephen J. Lewis, economist, City of London'... one of the most readable books I have ever seen. It will shock people, but it is needed. William Engdahl has found a common thread that ties hundreds of events which, at first glance, appear to be unassociated.' Leon D. Richardson, Far East Financial columnist, industrialist, advisory board, Sloan School of Management, Massachussetts Institute of TechnologyThis book is a gripping account of the murky world of the international oil industry and its role in world politics.Scandals about oil are familiar to most of us. From George W. Bush's election victory to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US politics and oil enjoy a controversially close relationship. The US economy relies upon the cheap and unlimited supply of this single fuel.William Engdahl takes the reader through a history of the oil industry's grip on the world economy. His revelations are startling. Moving from the post-World War I period up to the present day, he shows how oil is - and has always been - the motivating factor in international policy and conflicts. Shedding light on the 1970s oil shocks and the grand strategy of Washington after the end of the Cold War, Engdahl presents a convincing case that geopolitics and oil were behind the collapse of the Soviet Union, the breakup of Yugoslavia, the rise and fall of the Taliban. He reveals evidence to show that the US and UK decision to go to war in Iraq was not simply an issue of corporate greed. It was a strategic move to control the world economy for the following half century or more.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Rev. ed.
  • photos
  • 074532309X
  • 9780745323091
  • 669,558

Table of contents

Foreword 1. The Three Pillars of the British Empire 2. The Lines are Drawn: Germany and the Geopolitics of the Great War 3. A Global Fight for Control of Petroleum Begins 4. Oil Becomes the Weapon, the Near East the Battleground 5. Combined & Conflicting Goals: U.S. rivals Britain 6. The Anglo-Americans Close Ranks 7. Oil and a New World Order of Bretton Woods 8. A Sterling Crisis and the Adenauer-de Gaulle Threat 9. Running the world economy in reverse: Who made the 1970's oil shocks? 10. Europe, Japan and a Response to the Oil Shock 11. Imposing the New World Order 12. From Evil Empire to the Axis of Evil 13. A New Millennium for Oil Geopolitics Appendices Index of namesshow more

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...one of the most readable books I have ever seen. It will shock people, but it is needed. William Engdahl has found a common thread that ties hundreds of events which , at first glance appear to be unassociated... fully surpasses my standards for a worthwhile book -- Leon D. Richardson, Far East Financial columnist, industrialist, advisory board, Sloan School of Management, MIT This book is not for the timid or the inattentive. It gets down to bed-rock... It is a fine bit of work and defines better the real problem areas of our society... -- Col Fletcher Prouty, USAF (ret.), author, The Secret Team and the real life of Mr.X and JFK movie. ... intellectually penetrating in its grasp of the conditions under which politicians have to operate in the modern world, The scholarship is impeccable and it elucidates the lamentable record of the crimes and fillies of the few who stretched the levers of power almost to the breaking point. I recommend this book to all who wish to know how the world is really run, what are the systems behind the sub-systems we perceive in the daily media, and what are the antecedents of the present global political dilemmas. Above all, I recommend this book to readers in the Third World as a faithful account of why my generation of political leaders failed to achieve the reasonable expectation of their political constituencies... -- Dr Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister, Guyana A more thrilling account of the real world than the most thrilling fictional thriller. I could not put it down - and I learned an enormous amount of important information. -- Andre Gunder Frank This book is the only accurate account I have seen of what really happened with the price of oil in 1973. I can strongly recommend reading it. -- Sheikh Zaki Yamani, former Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia For those truly interested about how the world economy functions, this book will be greatly useful. The book treats especially well the political goals of Britain, a thread in modern history all too often overlooked. -- Stephen J. Lewis, economist, City of Londonshow more

About William Engdahl

William Engdahl has written on issues of energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning the first oil shock in the early 1970's. After a degree in politics from Princeton University and graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm, he worked as a free-lance writer in New York and later in Europe, covering subjects including IMF policy in the former Soviet Union, Third World debt issues, hedge funds and the Asia crisis. Mr. Engdahl has contributed regularly to a number of publications including Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine; Grant'sInvestor.com, European Banker and Business Banker International. He has spoken at numerous international conferences on geopolitical, economic and energy subjects, from London to Jakarta to Moscow. He currently lives in Germany and in addition to writing regularly on issues of economics, energy and international affairs, is active as ashow more

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