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IMPRESSIVE. METICULOUS. Black's impressive analysis, which included looking at more than 50,000 original documents and hundreds of scholarly books and articles ... explains why the West's record in the region so complicates nation-building there today. Many readers may find the breadth of analysis too ambitious. --Richard A. Clarke, Washington Post Book World

POWERFUL. EVOCATIVE. TAUT. Edwin Black s powerful new study --is solid and evocative throughout. For those interested in business history, his study of the relationship between commercial and political interests, especially the company that eventually became British Petroleum, is well worth the price of admission. There s also ample material to draw from to consider the future path of Iraq ... Black is committed, if not obsessed, with hyper-intensive research and documentation. His books are copiously footnoted and referenced. Given the seriousness and scope of the subjects, this is an absolute necessity. --Richard Pachter, Miami Herald

FASCINATING HISTORY. What a fascinating history ... Black tries to show that the reason so much attention has been paid to Iraq, especially in the modern era, is its oil. He does so fairly convincingly. --Adam Daifallah, Montreal Gazette

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Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international investigative author of 80 bestselling editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work nine times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. All of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with three in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. He is the editor of The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly. Black's ten award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003), The Transfer Agreement (1984), and a 1999 novel, Format C:. His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L'Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal. Black's articles are syndicated worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Dialog Press (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914153153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914153153
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By LD TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2012
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I read Internal Combustion first about how the battery-powered Ford-Edison car around 1900 was prevented by a cartel from being mass produced in favor of a gasoline powered automobile. This book tells how the cartel was assured that enough oil would be available to make the engine-driven auto viable for mass production. I suggest that you read Internal Combusion after this book as the stories are linked.

During and after WWI, British Petroleum and French Total plotted to steal the German oil rights to the Middle East as war booty. Part of the plan was to encourage revolts by Arabs and Jews against Turkey who held the land. The 1919 peace treaty divided the Middle East into its present countries with Britain and France owning them as colonies. The British put several members of one Saudi family on various thrones as kings. British Petroleum knew of 3 pools of oil close together and thus drew the boundaries of Iraq. When the locals revolted, the British decided to bring in 20 million Indians to create a "democracy" with the locals becoming minorities in their own land. Winston Churchill proposed bombing with gas. The plans were not executed but the oil has flowed ever since. July 24, 1920 was the beginning of Jihad against the West and it is still going on. The borders of the Middle Eastern countries drawn on a map have resulted in constant civil war and strife for the region with the US, Britain, and France holding the military trump card.

The US was initially opposed to the British and French actions but the 5 major US oil companies thought the California and Texas oil fields would only last another 40 years so they wanted part of the action. There are many intertwining stories about how we got to the situation today.
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CRITICAL TO POST 1900 UNDERSATANDING OF MULTI-NATIONAL FOREIGN POLICIES BASED ON THE SUPPLY OF & ACCESS TO A STEADY SUPPLY OF CHEAP OIL PETROLIUM PRODUCTS FOR BOTH WAR & PEACE NEEDS
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Excellent book. Certainly worthy of buying - it explains a lot about how the Middle East came to be what it is today to a degree that I have never seen in a history course.
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I have read other books by Mr. Black and found them illuminating. This book explains much regarding our current oil problem.
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I can get my britches in a bunch just for hearing about the Middle East machinations and maybe that is partly why I like this book. I wish that our peerless leaders had read it before wandering in to liberate the poor down-trodden pipples of Iraq. Unfortunately, it wasn't published until 2011.
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