The Prize

The Prize

The Prize recounts the panoramic history of the world’s most important resource: oil. Daniel Yergin’s timeless book chronicles the struggle for wealth and power that has surrounded oil for over a century and continues to fuel global rivalries, shake the world economy, and transform the destiny of men and nations. The Prize proves the unwavering significance of oil throughout the modern era by capturing the great economic and political clashes over precious “black gold.”

The canvas of this narrative history is enormous—from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, the Iraq war and climate change. The definitive work on the subject of oil, The Prize is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement, and great value—crucial to our understanding of world politics and the global economy today and tomorrow.

“Spellbinding…irresistible…monumental…must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history” — The New York Times
“A masterly narrative…The Prize portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests, the conflicts and stratagems, the miscalculations, the follies, and the ironies.”— James Schlesinger, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former U.S. Secretary of Energy
“Splendid and epic history of oil…The story is brilliantly told…with its remarkable cast of characters.”— The Wall Street Journal
“Impassioned and riveting…only in the great epics of Homer will reader regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains.”— San Francisco Examiner
“This is a book about greed, ambition, and the lust for power…Yergin is a wonderful storyteller.” — Financial Times of London
“A magnificent epic story”— Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan
“Yergin has not written the history of oil but the history of the world from the point of view of oil. And he has written it very well….He marveled at his discoveries and, thanks to his great literary gifts, he is able to make us marvel as well.” — Chicago Tribune

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