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The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil -- and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the twentieth century a...

The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil -- and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations.

The Prize is as much a history of the twentieth century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of 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.

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Number of Pages: 885

ISBN: 0671799320

ISBN-13: 9780671799328


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Thanks everyone. Starting Yergins new book because of this thread, which I didn’t know existed before. “The Prize” remains my favorite history book.

Good books on the history of specific industries: a useful thread of suggestions, sparked by @TrungTPhan

I enjoyed this one quite a lot & highly recommend it

By far the best I’ve read was the wealth and poverty of nations by David Landes. The Prize, On China and Ganghis Khan were great as well.

The sequel is probably as important. Both MUST reads for Bitcoiners.

A compelling and comprehensive history. . . . Yergin writes quiet unexaggerated prose, comprehensible to non-specialists, and artfully manages vast research . . . his narrative proceeds like a developing photograph of our times.