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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is Out There, March 25, 2004
This review is from: A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order (Paperback)
I first ran across this book referenced in a footnote about three years ago and tried to track it down. First I tried to purchase it, but found that it was out of print and used copies were going for $100.00+ on the internet. I found this curious since it was relatively recent (1993) and, given its topic, was certainly of tremendous interest to US readers, even before the events of 9/11 and the subsequent Gulf War II. I was fortunate to find it in my university library and have since read it several times.
I am tempted to go 'on and on' about this book, especially since it is not easily available for people to read. Nor does anyone seem to feel that they can (or are able to?) republish what should be a 'best seller' in the current geopolitical climate and circumstances. Engdahl, whose personal background includes engineering and law (Princeton), working in Texas oil industry, and international economics (University of Stockholm), does a penetrating and eloquent job of sorting out the complex web that connects the controlling interests of international politics with the goals and objectives of global oil and financial interests, these having merged in the last century into the powerful and dominant hegemony of an Anglo-American consortium.
There are so many revelations that are so well documented that one has to slow down and completely reorientate his or her conception of and attitude toward recent history. His tone is neither particularly vindictive nor is it conspiratorial. It looks at people and events and provides plausible motives and methods that are not part of the conventional awareness. For example, (fact) the British navy decided in the late 19th century to change their primary fuel source from coal to oil, thereby (objective) needing to secure access to oil reserves, basically in perpetuity. (result) British agreements for oil resources with the Sheikh of Kuwait date from 1899. (fact) Oil then comes to supplant coal as the primary energy source for all of the industrializing world, and a decade later Germany threatens to become the leading industrialized nation in Europe and (objective) needs a secure source of oil, so they begin construction on the Berlin to Baghdad railway intending to capitalize on agreements to import Iraqi oil. (question) How does Britain meet this emerging geopolitical threat. (objective) Block Germany's access to Middle East oil. (result) Curiously WWI begins with an out-of-the-way assassination in Croatia that just happens to occur near the route of that railway. War ensues and not only is the B-to-B railway cut off, but Germany loses all colonial power in the Middle East.
Shortly after WWI the leaders of the seven major western oil companies meet and agree to not compete with each other but to cooperate, and in 1928 drew up the Red Line agreement that gave virtually control of virtually all Middle East oil to the Anglo-American cartel. Even France's portion was minimalized to Turkish reserves. The Anglo-American consortium came to be known as the Seven Sisters and over the course of the ensuing decades become more and more infused with global banking and financial interestes, i.e., Rockefeller, J.P.Morgan, the Warburgs, the Rotheschilds, Brown Harriman, etc., coming to dominate the world economy by controlling the primary energy source. It is "all about oil" and has been since the turn of the century.
Engdahl's references are extensive and substantiate his disturbing interpretation of history, like the intentional suppression of the German Mark after WWI and the intentional manipulation of the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s as a premise to artificially inflate global energy costs (a Bilderberg target objective), thereby making BritPetr North Sea oil exploration efforts solvent and bankrupting the debt burdened Third World.
Engdahl's revelatory insights go up through Gulf War I and one can only speculate as to his thoughts on the current Bush administration's economic/tax policies, the Iraq intervention, and their relationship to consolidating control of the global economy into the hands of a few staggeringly wealthy individuals and corporations. This book should be IN PRINT and TODAY!
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Initial post: Nov 5, 2006 8:30:37 PM PST
Sam Adams says:
Correlation does not equate to causation. Footnotes do not make for factual statments. For example, there are far more plausible explanations for the outbreak of WWI than the vague implication that the Brits triggered it by assassinating a central European royal. A much better explanation is that all of the alliance building and shifting being orchestrated by the Kaiser brought the security situation in the region to a precipice, and the inflexibility of the German Army once it was ordered to offensive positions on the German border (use it or lose it) pushed the situation over the edge. If you spent more time reading about history and keeping up with current events wou would realize this line of analysis is pure domestic politics aimed squarely at the intellecual-but-uninformed crowd, namely you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2007 3:03:51 PM PST
Right out of your standard, sanitized, mind-numbing History 101 textbooks that must all get the NWO seal of approval before they can be used to dumb-down our students and citizens. Good job, Teach.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2010 8:18:00 PM PST
yaldabaoth says:
hmmm - disproving one point does not a hypothesis topple. The Serbian alliance with the Russians and the French was certainly a legitimate problem for the Austrians and the Germans and the railway connection with the Middle East featured prominently.

In its essence, however, the original review is on target and the Adams critique is misleading, if not deceptive. The brazenness of the Halliburton-Cheney-GWB era, the above-the-law attitude of the 2nd Gulf war has been amply supported by statements from the ex-dauphin's circle.

"For the next few decades, Iraq is our oil station in the Middle East. Feb. 2004 U.S. General Jay Garner

"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil" Alan Greenspan in his memoir

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2010 3:46:46 PM PDT
If not Engdahl who would you suggest that will provide for an accurate analysis of the topic he has covered?

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2014 11:56:53 AM PDT
Brian says:
"far more plausible explanations" do not equal truth or even superior explanations. Most of far more plausible explanations all through the history of mankind were just that - more plausible, but ultimately - wrong.

" A much better explanation" in your comment is stated as if you hold an authority on truth. You don't, so you just failed again.
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