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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power Paperback – January 1, 1993

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Daniel Yergin's first prize-winning book, Shattered Peace, was a history of the Cold War. Afterwards the young academic star joined the energy project of the Harvard Business School and wrote the best-seller Energy Future. Following on from there, The Prize, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, is a comprehensive history of one of the commodities that powers the world--oil. Founded in the 19th century, the oil industry began producing kerosene for lamps and progressed to gasoline. Huge personal fortunes arose from it, and whole nations sprung out of the power politics of the oil wells. Yergin's fascinating account sweeps from early robber barons like John D. Rockefeller, to the oil crisis of the 1970s, through to the Gulf War.

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The Wall Street Journal Splendid and epic...brilliantly told. -- Review

A compelling and comprehensive history. . . . [Yergin] writes quiet unexaggerated prose, comprehensible to non-specialists, and artfully manages vast research . . . his narrative proceeds like a developing photograph of our times. -- The New Yorker, Naomi Bliven

Impassioned and riveting...only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains. -- San Fracisco Examiner

Splendid and epic...brilliantly told. -- The Wall Street Journal

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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671799320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671799328
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars668 customer ratings
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ FOR ANYONE SERIUOSLY INTERESTED IN THE OIL INDUSTRY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON MANKIND
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be on a "Oil & Gas must-read list"
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book if you work on the industry
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