The Prize

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

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The struggle for wealth and power that has surrounded oil for decades continues to shake the world economy, dictate the outcome of wars, and transform the destiny of men and nations. The Prizeis as much a history of the twentieth century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of this history is enormous -- from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm. The cast extends from wildcatters and rogues to oil tycoons, and from Winston Churchill and Ibn Saud to George Bush and Saddam Hussein. The definitive work on the subject of oil and a major contribution to understanding our century, The Prizeis a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement -- and great importance.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 928 pages
  • 155 x 240 x 60mm | 1,099.98g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Re-issue
  • 1847376460
  • 9781847376466
  • 47,362

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"The Wall Street Journal"Splendid and epic...brilliantly told. "The Boston Sunday Globe"Pure narrative history, spun out as a tremendously exciting epic covering nearly six generations. "San Francisco Examiner"Impassioned and riveting...only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains. James Schlesingerformer U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Secretary of EnergyA masterly narrative..."The Prize" portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests, the conflicts and stratagems, the miscalculations, the follies, and the ironies. "Splendid and epic history of oil.... The story is brilliantly told...with its remarkable cast of characters." -- "The Wall Street Journal" "Spellbinding...irresistible...monumental...must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history."-- "The New York Times" "Impassioned and riveting...only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains."-- "San Francisco Examiner" "A masterly narrative..."The Prize" portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests, the conflicts and stratagems, the miscalculations, the follies, and the ironies."-- James Schlesinger, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Secretary of Energy James Schlesingerformer U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Secretary of EnergyA masterly narrative..."The Prize" portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests, the conflicts and stratagems, the miscalculations, the follies, and the ironies. "San Francisco Examiner"Impassioned and riveting...only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains. "The Boston Sunday Globe"Pure narrative history, spun out as a tremendously exciting epic covering nearly six generations. "The Wall Street Journal"Splendid and epic...brilliantly told.show more

About Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin is a writer of international renown and president of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a leading firm on political risk and economic analysis. He is consulted by ministers, politicians, CEOs and investors around the world.show more

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