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
Pulitzer Prize, General Non-Fiction, 1992
There is so much in the book that listening to this abridged version seemed cheap and I finished it feeling very frustrated. I wouldn't hestitate to buy an unabridged version. Better there is no version than something as pathetic as this.
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.
Maybe I am not used to abridged books. To speak Of the Iranian coup in 1952 without mentioning the United States involvement is a gross omission of facts. Also, omitting that Iraq purchased its arms from the US as a supported state against Iran prior to the first gulf war is a gross oversight. Possibly the author thinks US involvement in oil geopolitics has been totally benign. For that opinion one must wear blinders.
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