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

Nothing rivals oil as the world’s most strategic commodity. Yergin’s deftly recorded history of the industry, which seems particularly relevant at the moment, culminates in Saddam Hussein’s attempt to take over Kuwait’s oil resources in 1990 and the resulting gulf war. An important read, because for the last 150 years or so, oil has equaled mastery, an equation unlikely to change-at least while SUVs roam the earth. [Sue Herera Annotation]

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