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

The Prize is a historical recounting of how oil influenced politics, geopolitics, and corporate power, starting with early discoveries of oil, to the late 1980s. The story itself is fascinating, though quite long. There's a lot to tell, since understanding oil also leads to understanding many of the major corpoerate and political forces over the past 100+ years. Since the book concludes near when I was born, it was an interesting lens to understand the world from before my own memories.

Overall, an enjoyable book, and I learned a lot about major forces that impact us today.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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