- Hardcover: 334 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult (October 27, 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067063591X
- ISBN-13: 978-0670635917
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Seven Sisters: The great oil companies & the world they shaped Hardcover – October 27, 1975
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This book will help any reader better understand recent Middle East events, as it provides details of the many decisions and actions that have led to the current situations. By providing the historic details and backdrop of the Oil Industry, a reader can gain better context for current actions, tensions and misunderstandings.
It's too bad this book has not been updated. My paperback edition ends with the Carter Administration.
Ask anyone who lived through the oil industry in the past two to three decades if this is an accurate, let alone well written book they will answer in the affirmative. You will not get that universal endorsement of other accounts. What makes the big difference is that Sampson took the trouble to get inside the story and meet and understand what made the great oil leaders tick, why governments did what they did and what the geopolitical implications were.
If you want to know what really happened in the great battles and achievements of the past and get a strong insight into our own times of resource nationalism and rise and rise of national oil companies, you need to include this perspective in your reading (and re-reading).
Some years later I stumbled across The Seven Sisters in a university library and just loved it - it pulled back the curtain and revealed to me how the oil industry really works. The story of how a consortium of American and British oil companies controlled the supply (and thus the price) of oil for decades - and how power slowly shifted to national governments who had for years owned most of the world's oil but had had to stand by and watch the Seven Sisters reap virtually all of the profits.
While my review perhaps reveals some bias on my part - I think this book is extremely even handed and fair. I recommend it most highly.
This is a great book about the oil industry. Although dated, it gives the low down of the cartel that the seven sisters made. The American Government should have never let these companies get so big and powerful. They became extra legal corporations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although it is a book that ends with OPEC, it describes very nicely the political and economical conditions prevailing before the 1928 Achnacarry secret agreement and after. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Camelia
A very detailed account of the historic progression of the oil industry and its entanglement with geo-political affairs.Published 9 months ago by Jeffrey L. Whittaker
Great historical storyline. I read this book once many years ago and just want to read it again.Published 9 months ago by Ying Fook Sar
The Seven Sisters will make a great companion book to Dr. Yergin's 'The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Power and Money'. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D.Saiz
It was two books and now it is one. it is a great book and tell an interesting story about the oil companiesPublished 21 months ago by Jim