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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Progressive Press; New Rev Un edition (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615774920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615774920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'This is the only accurate account I have seen of what really happened with the price of oil in 1973. I strongly recommend reading it.' --Sheikh Zaki Yamani, former Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia
 
'I recommend this book to all who wish to know how the world is really run, what are the systems behind the sub-systems we perceive in the daily media, and what are the antecedents of the present global political dilemmas.' --Dr Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister, Guyana
 
'For those truly interested about how the world economy functions, this book will be greatly useful. The book treats especially well the political goals of Britain, a thread in modern history all too often overlooked.' --Stephen J. Lewis, economist, City of London
 
'... one of the most readable books I have ever seen. It will shock people, but it is needed. William Engdahl has found a common thread that ties hundreds of events which, at first glance, appear to be unassociated.' --Leon D. Richardson, Far East Financial columnist, industrialist, advisory board, Sloan School of Management, Massachussetts Institute of Technology
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Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Rendall on June 14, 2012
Ok so after reading the reviews of others, and reading the book myself, I would like to offer my own thoughts and also correct some of the notions on both sides of the reviews (the 1 and 5 star people).

I enjoyed the book. It is a different way of looking at history, from a much more realistic point of view than the views that school history books give us (we ought to wonder who is feeding that history). It was definitely good to learn the connections between certain individuals, governments, foundations, etc, and their involvement in oil politics.

I also really liked to learn how propaganda was used to promote a certain viewpoint, and it was pretty wild to see how the effects usually were just as the propagandists planned. For example, and this is something I've known about for a long time, in America we are constantly being fed the Zero Population Growth propaganda, paid for by the elites who feed on America's consumerism. Do some real studying yourself and see that the "we are running out of space and food and the world is dying" message is a well-constructed lie, and yet, the overwhelming majority of the civilized world would probably agree. Propaganda works.

That said, my biggest complaint with the book is the lack of sourcing. Yes I realize that there are places throughout the book that he provides reliable sources, and there is the sources list in the back, but one cannot help but notice the amount of times he makes wild claims with absolutely no sources to back it up. He finds a source that takes him to 25% of his conclusion; then he fills in the rest himself, without mentioning that it is conjecture and not verifiable fact.

My other huge pet peeve is that he makes everything a conspiracy, and uses a conspiratorial tone in most of his writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Beyonce on July 9, 2013
This book is a must read for all serious students of world history of the 20th century. The author lists many culprits of the on going seriers of war for oil, greed, and the self engrandisment of the merchants of death, aka "The Military-Industrial Complex". The founder of Royal Dutch Shell, Sir Henri Detderding is profiled here as a major backer of Hitler as were many industrials, in the United States & Europe. Deterding was a British and Dutch citizen. 5 Stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Kuykendall on June 27, 2013
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This is an absolutely riveting book. It should be read by every American. Engdahl presents a comprehensive review of world events that have transpired over the past 100 years, revealing copious details that are left out of public school and college history texts. Now history makes sense to me. I never felt convinced that WWI was caused by an Archduke being assasinated by a nationalistic fanatic -- that was just a "black-op" engineered by world power brokers. The evil I see in todays world has just been evolving for a century, while the general public has been played like pawns in their blissful ignorance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon E. Kingstad on April 2, 2014
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William Engdahl retraces the evolution of empire over the last century and its transition from a British Empire to the American Empire. His most interesting contribution to the history of this transition is his account of the end of the Bretton Woods Agreement in 1971 by Richard Nixon and the Federal Reserve and linking this with the Arab Oil Embargo and an obscure conference in 1973 in Saltsjobaden, Sweden involving the "Bilderberg Group." Mr. Engdahl's account of how the dollar became the "petrodollar" - the global currency for oil- is very informative and convincing. Not as convincing is the implication that the world is run by a cabal of international bankers revolving around the Rockefellers. No doubt bankers, international and otherwise, wield far too great an influence over our economic affairs. But I'm not convinced and I'm not sure even Mr. Engdahl believes in a global conspiracy controlling money and oil. The book conveys that impression which I think is it's greatest flaw.

But the author does convincing describe an important connection between money and oil which explains a lot of what has happened to our world since 1971. For that reason, I think this book deserves to be read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By faripour forouhar on July 29, 2013
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One of the best books on the topic. I have verified many of the critical statements from independant sources as well as my past 30 years of interest and experience with English foreign policy of "looting" other nations , a fact not a conspiracy theory, which unfortunately was subscribed to by America after WWII with disasterous results for the exploited nations, such as Iraq (for oil) and Afghanestan (for Al Queida but more importantly for future pipe line from central Asia to Indian Ocean) - as recent examples. And, with QUESTIONALBE gain by our own nation, except perhaps for the top 1%. ISN'T THERE A BETTER WAY?
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