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Daniel Yergin
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23. Dezember 2008
Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

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Daniel Yergin's first prize-winning book, Shattered Peace, was a history of the Cold War. Afterwards the young academic star joined the energy project of the Harvard Business School and wrote the best-seller Energy Future. Following on from there, The Prize, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, is a comprehensive history of one of the commodities that powers the world--oil. Founded in the 19th century, the oil industry began producing kerosene for lamps and progressed to gasoline. Huge personal fortunes arose from it, and whole nations sprung out of the power politics of the oil wells. Yergin's fascinating account sweeps from early robber barons like John D. Rockefeller, to the oil crisis of the 1970s, through to the Gulf War. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Spellbinding...irresistible...monumental...must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history." -- The New York Times

"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

"Splendid and epic history of oil.... The story is brilliantly told...with its remarkable cast of characters." -- The Wall Street Journal

"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

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointingly pulpy tome. 21. März 1999
The trend toward authorial self-glorification has gone too far when the back cover of a book reads: 'Daniel Yergin is an authority on world affairs'. What's next? An Expert on Matters Pertaining to the Universe?
Considering his exalted position in the world, this is a remarkably mediocre book, though there are details worth pondering, such as the irony of Japan powering its Pearl Harbor raid with oil imported from California. Worse than that, and more sobering, is the realization that Japan subjugated Taiwan, China, and other parts of Asia over the course of four decades with oil from California. Millions of lives were destroyed, but the oil spigot was not shut off until July of 1941. Why? Roosevelt did not want to give Japan a pretext for attacking the East Indies. Yergin relates this astounding spinelessness without a hint of irony, as though it were a perfectly good excuse for supplying a fascist power with the means to mass murder.
Yergin misses the boat entirely when it comes to the price drop of the mid-eighties, claiming the Saudis flooded the market to gain market share and that George Bush went from place to place as the 'point man' for the Reagan administration arguing for a price floor for oil. Nonsense. Ronald Reagan's goal was the destruction of the Soviet Empire, and one of his key strategies was to take away the Russians' source of hard currency: the sale of oil. Every one dollar drop in the price of crude deprived the Soviets of billions of dollars of revenue, revenue that their own paraplegic of an economy could never hope to generate on its own. If there was any 'point man' for the administration in the Middle East, it was William Casey, who guaranteed the Saudis' security against Marxist revolutionaries and regional dictators like Saddam.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A lenthy socio-political historical narritive 14. Januar 1999
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The Prize is a lengthy historical narrative. "Historical" means that the book concentrates on politics and social implications, with minimal attention to technological developments (i.e., viturally no mention of the science or technology of oil production). "Narrative" means that it isn't always specified exactly who did what when, and coverage is erratic and fagmented. So, while fascinating, this is not a reference. The reader does not get a reasonably complete history of any specific oil company or producing area.
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Mr. Yergin has managed to transform an otherwise corrosive subject into a useful by-product of information, thereby lubricating our minds and allowing its wheels to analyze how the supply and demand of this strategic commodity has affected every aspect of our twentieth century lives. From the owl-like visions of Mr. Rockefeller to the dodoesque ineptitude of OPEC, the information contained in what appears to be a derrick size book nevertheless manages to flow with the same slippery force as the counterpart it portrays.
A must read for History buffs, oil moguls, grease monkeys, and patrons of the ubiquitous Octopus (yes, this means you!) Postscript: To whet the appetite of synthetic oil converts: Nazi Germany pioneered the extraction of synthetic fuel from shale in the 1930s. And for all you History buffs:
Patton's tank corps ran out of fuel and was not resupplied, hence extending WWII in Europe for at least 3 additional months; can you imagine all the lives that could've been saved?. Finally, for all you patrons who believe you are at the mercy of the Octopus, I have news for you: OPEC embargoes and price hikes in the 1970s nearly wrecked not only their respective national treasuries, but nearly bankrupted several oil companies.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A chronicle of the price of oil and oil discovery 16. September 1998
This is an accomplished work detailing the story of oil from the mid nineteenth century to the end of the gulf war. I found the story riveting up until the end of the second world war. The book loses it's grip on the significance of oil in history here. The focus shifts to oil prices, markets and many far too broad issues for a reader to easily ingest and understand. I found the details of the Middle East conflicts muddled and lacking a clear insight. The grasp on history slips into uncertainty. Possibily not all information is available to the author due to national security however he omits to say if this is so and the picture can be confusing. By contrast the first half or so of the book has a clear grasp of the story being told. Significant individuals are singled out and the narrative proceeds with a natural development of human proportions. The forces at work are clearly expressed and conveyed. Some flashes of this story telling ability appear later in the book but as the story goes global and more up-to-date the sureness of touch is lost. The reader really needs to want to read about oil price fluctuation in order to enjoy this latter part of the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Will add to your understanding of the politics of oil 16. Dezember 1997
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A rather long work but told in a gripping manner that compels the reader to keep forging ahead, the lateness of the hour be damned. Yergin takes us from the earliest days of oil exploration to Churchill's decision to convert British navy ships to oil from coal, the automobile and gasoline, the Arabs demanding more control over what was being extracted out of their territory, an especially intriguing account of the CIA overthrow of the Mossadegh regime in Iran to the development of OPEC and the energy crises suffered by Americans and others. Yergin has complete mastery of his subject and relays it concisely with a very cohesive thematic focus. This is a dead essential piece of work that should even probably be used as a textbook for those lecturing on 19th-20th century history because the oil question still looms so large in each of our lives and Yergin has created a conduit to understanding how and why it became thus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing (hi-)story
Huge compendium of the history of oil, from the very humble beginnings to vast stretches of territory being carved at the whim of the times' major world powers. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 5 Monaten von Cristoffer Homann veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Good History Book!
An excellent history of the oil industry. This book civers fron the first oil find until today. It well documents the impact that oil has had on the world in the past as well as... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2000 von Melvin Hunt
5.0 von 5 Sternen A book not about oil, but how oil changed mankind.
I am a chemical engineer in the oil industry and this book intrests me for obvious reason, but... This book is about the impact oil and mankind has had on each other. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2000 von Ernest Boehm
5.0 von 5 Sternen This book hits a gusher
While "The Prize" purports to be the history of oil, it could just as easily be in part a history of every major human undertaking of the last century or so. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2000 von Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 von 5 Sternen Insight into the World of Oil
An excellent read. One of the most factual yet interesting books I have read in a long time. This book is a must not only for people interested in the Oil industry, but for anyone... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2000 von Peter H Harlow
5.0 von 5 Sternen This is an excellent source about the history of oil.
Since I chose oil futures as a term paper topic for my graduate investment class, I really wanted to get a strong background on how oil became such a powerful commodity since it... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2000 von Diane Selock
4.0 von 5 Sternen Informative, interesting and enjoyable (if you are into oil)
Whether you like this book depends on whether you already have an interest in oil. As an energy analyst, I find the book engrossing, particularly its explanation of the role that... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Dezember 1999 von Sukit Chawalitakul
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best social and economic history books ever!
If you want to learn about the impact that oil has had and still has on the world--read this outstanding book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best economic history books around.
If more people were to read this book, the world would be a better place.
If you are going to read just one economic history book this year, than look no further. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A comprehensive treatise on the history of the oil industry
It is an masterpiece on the history of the oil industry, giving a complete account of the political factors that have affected the industry since its birth in Titusville, PA.
Veröffentlicht am 2. März 1999 von Farooq Mohammed
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