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

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power - Daniel Yergin This is a very well researched, comprehensive history of the petroleum (mostly refining and distributing) industry. From the first discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, to the unexpected discovery of the largest oilfield in Saudi Arabia (they were drilling for water!), to nearly present day, this is a captivating tale of adventurous entrepaneurs, greedy monopolists, arrogant politicians, and billions of consumers always thursty for MORE OIL! Considering our precariously balanced hydrocarbon-based economy, and our self-destructive entanglement in the Middle East, this book is absolutely essential to understanding where we presently find ourselves in history.