The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money, And Power

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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power is Daniel Yergin's 800-page history of the global oil industry from the 1850s through 1990. The Prize became a bestseller owing to its release date: it was published in October 1990, two months after the invasion of Kuwait ordered by Saddam Hussein and three months before the U.S.-led coalition began the Gulf War to oust Iraqi troops from that country.

The Prize has been called the "definitive" history of the oil industry, even a "bible" (Matthew Yeomans, Oil: Anatomy of an Industry , ISBN 1-56584-885-3, p. 220); some critics, though, consider the book too sympathetic to the perspective of the oil industry, of which the author is, in a way, a part.

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In 1992 The Prize won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The Prize was published in a paperback edition (ISBN 0-671-79932-0) that was released at the end of 1992, and is currently in print. The Prize is often cited as essential background reading for students of the history of petroleum. Prof. Joseph R. Rudolph Jr. said in Library Journal, for example, that The Prize, "written by one of the foremost U.S. authorities on energy,...
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