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About the Author

F. William Engdahl is is an internationbal best-selling author whose books on geopolitics and economics have been published in twelve languages. Included are A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics; Gods of Money; Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation and Full-Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order. he may be contacted at www.williamengdahl.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Gertrud Engdahl (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3981326369
  • ISBN-13: 978-3981326369
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most people are blissfully unaware of how thoroughly their ideas about our world are intentionally manipulated by the shapers of societal norms and values.

This book is a "weapon of mass awakening."

After having read 2 chapters of this book (chaps 10 & 11), I had to write Mr. Engdahl immediately to thank him profusely for having written it. It isn't every day that you read something that causes pervasive societal beliefs, which are simply not true but are nonetheless widely accepted as being true, to be held up to the light of pure logic and little-known history (read: intentionally suppressed history), definitively showing that those beliefs are false.

Works such as this cause the proverbial scales to fall from one's eyes.

So how rare is it that one comes across a book that causes the scales to fall from your eyes with regard to TWO or even THREE such widely-held false societal narratives?

This is such a book. Indeed I very rarely write book reviews - this is actually the first one I've done for Amazon and the only other one I've done in the last 5-6 years was for another "awakener" of a book, Nancy Turner Banks' brilliant AIDS, Opium, Diamonds and Empire.

In Myths, Lies and Oil Wars, F. William Engdahl, in a relatively short (225 pages) span, using little-known, thoroughly referenced true history, masterfully lifts the curtain on the myths of (1) the origin of hydrocarbons, (2) "Peak Oil" (the myth of scarcity) and (3) the now pervasive false construct that humanity itself is a "cancer upon the earth" - this last false construct being the over-arching lie for which Man-Made Global Warming (now "Climate Change") was devised by Rockefeller think-tanks as an environmental scare tactic to support the BIG LIE.
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"Myths, Lies, and Oil Wars" by William F. Engdahl is a must read for anyone struggling to make sense of U.S. foreign policy. Why are U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why did NATO take out Gaddafi? Why are we going after Iran and Syria? Is there a grand strategy? Was the "Arab Spring" uprisings really grassroots revolutions or just a second round of color revolutions?

"Control the food and you control the people. Control the oil and you control the nations" is a statement that has been attributed to Henry Kissinger. The premise of the book is summed up by the latter part of Kissinger's statement, the control of oil or more generally the control of energy.

Engdahl maintains that the geopolitical events we have been witnessing is part of the Pentagon's "Full Spectrum Dominance" plan. A cornerstone of the plan is the control of oil at the source. Much of the world's proven oilfields are in the Middle East. For the next two decades the Mideast oilfields is expected to provide Asia with most of its oil.

Engdahl begins laying out the history of conflicts over oil and provides insightful revelations into conflicts that benefited the Oil majors by reducing the world supply of oil. Case in point the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980's. The oil exports from these two nations was drastically reduced during wartime leading to higher prices.

Another example Engdahl lists is the fact that David Rockefeller lobbied the Carter Administration to allow the Shah of Iran into the U.S. for medical treatment knowing that it would cause a crisis with the Ayatollah Khomeini's Iranian government and how Rockefeller's Bank was able to benefit after the U.S. froze the assets of Iran.
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I have to say that William Engdahl is hands down one of my favorite writers.

Although he repeats some aspects of what he has written about before, I don't see it a bad thing because often time we forget the details. The small amount of repetition is necessary in order to paint the broader context to understand everything taking place.

I always learn something new from his work. For example, I did not understand just how important oil resources were to Hitler and how essential a factor it was in winning and losing the war. As well, the denial of strategic resources to the enemy. We can see the same formula playing out before us in the current geopolitical nightmare.

He explains the lie of peak oil so well, I cannot understand how some cling to such fallacious ideas. Contrasting with the cool-headed, factual, logical and reasoning approach of Engdahl, peak oil mythology is practically a religion.

I can't wait for whatever the author puts out next, I wish there were more men of courage like him around.
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Myths, Lies, and Oil Wars is a very enlightening book. He documents all sorts of skulduggery going on behind the scenes right from before the first Great War, up until the Arab Spring in the Middle East. He shows how and why things happened, how the US government and oil companies in collusion with the banks, first supported various dictators, and then got rid of them as it suited their needs. You might be tempted to think that his book is a fanciful work of fiction, except that he carefully documents everything. Yesterday, the news was full of Obama was planning to intervene in Syria, and surprise, surprise, today the news is about how if Obama goes and does something in Syria, there will be a rise in the price of oil. It would not be a surprise to anybody who has read this book.
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