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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power | [Daniel Yergin]

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

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 20th-century as of the oil industry itself.
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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 20th-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 wildcrafters 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 Prize is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement--and great importance.

©1993 Daniel Yergin; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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Pulitzer Prize, General Non-Fiction, 1992

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    Niall Helsinki, Finland 03-23-10
    Niall Helsinki, Finland 03-23-10
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    "Utterly dull and dreadful"

    Hugely interested in global macroeconimics and politices. Hugely disappointed by this snooze of a listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    10-18-09
    10-18-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Relatively boring"

    I found it hard to concentrate and listen to the book. The pace is quite quick in summing up historical events in the oil industry. It lacks a bit of coherence and behind the scenes analysis.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Beth W. 07-14-14
    Beth W. 07-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Dreadful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A longer version


    Has The Prize turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    You shouldn't take a book like this and condense it like this. Shame

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-20-13
    J. HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-20-13
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    "This is not the full book. Highly abridged"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book would have had some more description about how little from the original it strayed I would have been happier. All it says is "abridged" it doesn't say that its missing 75% of hte book


    What could Daniel Yergin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He did just fine. Its you POS at Audible.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the 25% of the original book was great. It was read in a very mono-toned voice but it was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Please add more descriptions on your books especially when a 900+ page is condensed to less than 3 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kyle THE WOODLANDS, TX, United States 10-28-13
    kyle THE WOODLANDS, TX, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Let Down"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Yergin and/or Bob Jamieson?

    Not if it an abridged version...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I should've paid attention to how many hours were on tape.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not bad.


    Any additional comments?

    This was horribly short, and frankly, I don't even think it was worth my one credit on Audible.com. Very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 01-04-13
    Jeremy 01-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen, but maybe too abridged?"
    Where does The Prize rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great book and the audiobook certainly does it justice. If you want to hear about the intrigues of oil from the 60s into the 90s, then this is a great listen for you.

    The beginning (first hour or so) is the most abridged part, so if you aren't familiar with the history at all, it might be worth listening to twice since a lot happens.

    Overall, this is one of the better purchases I have made.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book mentions a number of people and provides a few vignettes about them, but the abridged nature of the audiobook doesn't let you follow their progression for very long.


    What about Bob Jamieson’s performance did you like?

    No complaints here.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book will neither make you laugh nor cry, but it does give you some excellent information about the development of world oil: oil exploration, oil contracts, oil personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read this book a number of years ago, so I mainly got the abridged audiobook to jog my memory a bit. It was well worth the price I paid, however, a lot of the fascinating stories that were in the book got cut out (particularly about the early development of the oil business - with crazy deals and even crazier characters: Samuel, Teague, Gulbenkian, etc.).

    Still, if you are interested in these stories, there is a great PBS mini-series called "The Prize" that captures all of that very well.

    If you want more recent information on energy markets, I suggest getting Yergin's latest book, "The Quest".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 12-13-12
    Charles 12-13-12
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    "oil and international relations"

    Very interesting review of events like the oil embargo and international relations before and after this episode. Gave me some new insights regarding the economy, politics, and the risks of being dependent on another country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alton United States 03-05-12
    Alton United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Understanding The Importance Of Oil To Our Economy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Prize the most enjoyable?

    The Prize is the most enlightening book I've every read on the importantance of oil to our economy.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The most compelling aspect of the book to me is how the use of oil, availability of oil, and the technoloy used to produce oil, have changed since the 1850s. I learned how oil drives the engine of global prosperity.


    What does Bob Jamieson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to Bob Jamieson read the Prize to me enables me to enjoy the book far more often then if I had to read it in written form. I can listen to it while I do other activities such as exercise, work, or simply relax.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book has helped me to understand, and be aware of the importance of oil to the global economy in a way that nothing else has before.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe every thinking American should read this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bart Leusden, Netherlands 01-11-12
    Bart Leusden, Netherlands 01-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding"

    This is a unique book about a rather complex topic. It reads like a thriller and I didn't want to stop listening. Daniel Yergin is really a master in making these topics accessible, with a good written story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carl 11-23-11
    Carl 11-23-11
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    "Excellent, but prefer unabridged edition"

    I prefer the unabridged editiion but it wasn't available from Audible--my reason for 4 rather than 5. Having said that, the couple of hours spent with this book gave a superb 20th century history of OIL. Everyone should devote some time to this subject. (I am presently listening to Yergin's follow-up book, the Quest, which is equally as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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