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The book focuses largely on the history and oil, and the subsequent war for power and money that has always surrounded the business.
What makes this book stand out?
The author’s explanations in detail about the role of oil in the political, economical, and environmental fronts are fascinating.
Read it for
Yergin highlights wonderfully the rise of oil as a fuel source for machinery, as well as its growing presence in World War II. The writing is simple, easy to comprehend, and even quite witty at times.
Don't read it for
The jumps in timelines as well as between places and people in this retelling of history can be a little confusing at times.