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Oil, Power, and War : A Dark History, Hardback Book

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In this sweeping, unabashed history of oil, Matthieu Auzanneau takes a fresh, thought-provoking look at the way oil interests have commandeered politics and economies, changed cultures, disrupted power balances across the globe, and spawned wars.

He upends commonly held assumptions about key political and financial events of the past 150 years, and he sheds light on what our oil-constrained and eventually post-oil future might look like. Oil, Power, and War follows the oil industry from its heyday when the first oil wells were drilled to the quest for new sources as some of the old ones dried up.

It traces the rise of the Seven Sisters and other oil cartels and exposes oil s key role in the crises that have shaped our times: two world wars, the Cold War, the Great Depression, Bretton Woods, the 2008 financial crash, oil shocks, wars in the Middle East, the race for Africa s oil riches, and more. And it defines the oil-born trends shaping our current moment, such as the jockeying for access to Russia s vast oil resources, the search for extreme substitutes for declining conventional oil, the rise of terrorism, and the changing nature of economic growth. We meet a long line of characters from John D. Rockefeller to Dick Cheney and Rex Tillerson, and hear lesser-known stories like how New York City taxes were once funneled directly to banks run by oil barons. Oil, Power, and War is a story of the dreams and hubris that spawned an era of economic chaos, climate change, war, and terrorism as well as an eloquent framing from which to consider our options as our primary source of power, in many ways irreplaceable, grows ever more constrained.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 816 pages, 8 page photo insert. Appendices contain charts, graphs, and a map
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
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  • Category: Warfare & defence
  • ISBN: 9781603587433

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