Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century

Book - 2010
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With unparalleled insight into BP and its safety record leading up to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom Bower gives us a groundbreaking, in-depth, and authoritative twenty-year history of the hunt and speculation for our most vital natural resource.


Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century

Twenty years ago oil cost about $7 a barrel. In 2008 the price soared to $148 and then fell to below $40. In the midst of this extraordinary volatility, the major oil conglomerates still spent over a trillion dollars in an increasingly frantic search for more.

The story of oil is a story of high stakes and extreme risk. It is the story of the crushing rivalries between men and women exploring for oil five miles beneath the sea, battling for control of the world's biggest corporations, and gambling billions of dollars twenty-four hours every day on oil's prices. It is the story of corporate chieftains in Dallas and London, traders in New York, oil-oligarchs in Moscow, and globe-trotting politicians-all maneuvering for power.

With the world as his canvas, acclaimed investigative reporter Tom Bower gathers unprecedented firsthand information from hundreds of sources to give readers the definitive, untold modern history of oil . . . the ultimate story of arrogance, intrigue, and greed.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780446547987
Characteristics: xviii, 490 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill., maps, col. ports. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 18, 2011

An exhausting slog of a read, spanning decades and various oil regions. The brief inclusion of photos offers a welcome break.
Offers numerous personalities and the deals and drama that go with the business.

Jul 24, 2010

a gossipy book about the leaders of big oil, the Russian oligarchs and the financial traders: some good insight but not much on where oil prices are heading now

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