The Prize by Daniel Yergin, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Yergin, Daniel. The prize: the epic quest for oil, money, and power I Daniel Yergin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Petroleum industry. THE PRIZE The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power. By Daniel Yergin. Illustrated. pp. New York: Simon & Schuster. $ IN


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Yergin's history has 61 pages of notes and a bibliography of 26 pages that lists as sources not only books, articles, and dissertations, 60 government documents, 28 "data sources", more than 34 manuscript collections, fifteen government archives, eight oral histories, and four oil company archives AmocoChevronGulfand Royal Dutch Shellbut also 80 personal interviews with key individuals like James Schlesinger the prize by daniel yergin Armand Hammer.

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The series is said to have been seen by 20 million people in the United States. The book is also available as an abridged audiobookread by Bob Jamieson with a run time of 2 hours and 53 minutes. In Yergin's The Quest: The Quest is considered the sequel the prize by daniel yergin The Prize.

Origin of the title[ edit ] The name of the book is taken from a quote by Winston Churchill inwhen he was First Lord of the Admiralty the prize by daniel yergin, long before becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

He was arguing for the conversion of British warships from coal to fuel oil, but noted the geopolitical ramifications of tying Britain's fortunes to oil. As Yergin quotes Churchill: Yergin devotes four chapters to World War II, the epochal event that ushered in this sea-change.

These shortages are mentioned — in passing — in every history of World War II. Fleeting references, however, fail to do the situation justice.

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

Japan literally began the war with a timetable based on fuel stocks. It forced Japan into numerous desperate measures that appeared fanatical, but which were dictated by oil logic.


Chief among these measures were the kamikaze attacks. These suicide missions were exceedingly effective in terms of resource conservation, since planes only needed enough fuel for a one-way trip.

Furthermore, fuel did not have to be expended to train these pilots, since all they needed to know was enough to get them off the ground and headed in the right direction.

The post-World War II years was the time when oil took its mantle as the leading natural resource. The chapters on the Middle East cover all the flashpoints: Not only are these international crises more interesting reading than earlier tales of wildcatting in Pennsylvania, but Yergin does a better job finding the human drama to accompany the inanimate central character.

Paul Getty, at one time the richest man in America: As a young man, Getty was already launched on a life of wild romance and sexual adventure, with a special predilection for teenage girls. He married five times. Yet the only true love of his life may have been a French woman, the wife of the prize by daniel yergin Russian consul general in Asia Minor, with whom he had a passionate affair in Constantinople in He bade what he hoped was a temporary farewell to her on the the prize by daniel yergin at Istanbul, but then lost contact with her forever in the turmoil of war and revolution that followed.

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Even sixty years later, whereas he would discuss his five marriages almost technically, as if they were lawsuits, a mere mention of this lady, Madame Marguerite Tallasou, was enough to bring tears to the prize by daniel yergin eyes.

That presence has included rampantly exploiting natural resources and propping up certain leaders — often to the detriment of their people — in order to create advantageous geopolitical stability. That stability is necessary to the uninterrupted flow of a very precious commodity.

The Prize, despite what I found to be the prize by daniel yergin, does a masterful job of explaining just how that happened. In that way, it succeeds in doing what all history books aspire to do: Even though The Prize ends in with a short update chapterit clearly proves its thesis that oil — and all the struggles surrounding its discovery, acquisition, and distribution — created our modern world.

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