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Publisher's Summary

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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not the full book. disappointed

this is a summary of the book. not the book itself . I'm lretty disappointed

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Written with blinders on

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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good recap

good summary of the epicness of the book. perfect as a recap before diving into the quest

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  • RD
  • 12-03-16

Abridged and Awful

They advertise the book as if it were the full version. They simply ruined what was an amazing book..,

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  • 11-02-16

Great but dated!

Great account of the power and politics in the oil market. Pretty outdated though, and doesn't bring us to causes and effects of modern swings in the oil pricing.

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Disappointed with an abridged version

The book seems great but it's really unfortunate that only the abridged version is available.

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How we got here

A must read for anyone in the Energy industry. This is the history of the industry.

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Does not do justice to an otherwise great book.

This abridged version is a very short summary to an otherwise great book. Recommend reading the latter if you have the time.

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Compared to the book - this is major disappointment

This is barely related to the actual book - it took me a whole chapter to realize that the book started and it wasn't just an extract !!! No point in getting this audible if you want the full and proper story . The audible version is basically a summary of gulf / Persian oil and related politics.

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Too shortened

Very abridged compared to the book. Missing many of the best back stories. Still very interesting!