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A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order

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This book is a gripping account of the murky world of the international oil industry and its role in world politics. Scandals about oil are familiar to most of us. From George W. Bush's election victory to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US politics and oil enjoy a controversially close relationship. The US economy relies upon the cheap and unlimited supply of this sing
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Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Pluto Press (first published April 1993)
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Chris
You won’t know what to believe anymore after reading this book. It’s an insane but compelling economic history of the exploitation of the world under the guise of national strategy. It’s a treasure chest for the conspiracy theorist. Perhaps it should be subtitled:
“And that’s why they hate us.” Engdahl has some far fetched accusations as he strings his economic history of the exploitation of oil by the Anglo-Americans. He indulges in guilt by association but he connects the dots in a compelling
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Marcus
Let me start by saying that I am a person who instinctively believes that international politics and economical dealings are filled with backdoor deals, self-interest and absolute disregard for common good and decency. A person with such attitude should be a prime target for the grand conspiracy theory presented in this book. Unfortunately for Engdahl, I have also been a student of history for over 25 years and I can say with some certainty that this book is a pile of stinking crap.

Every cardi
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Naeem
Engdahl could learn how to write. Still, this is a history of oil and history of world political economy. It is conspiracy theory stuff at its best.

Here was the best insight (for me): If the United States did not allow the 1973 oil shock -- usually most people end up blaming or venerating OPEC countries for their actions -- then the shock would never have happened.

There is much, much more here. But there is an overlap between the themes of this book and the film Syriana.

A worthwhile read for
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Andrei
Just great. Need as many people read such books as possible.
Rob Prince
I know, it sounds boring and political and it is both - and worse, at times Engdahl sees virtually everything - like the 1973 Middle East War and the implosion of Yugoslavia through the lenses of Anglo-American financial sector conspiracies. This is most unfortunate as it cheapens what would otherwise be an extraordinary book of genuine value. Global politics might not ALWAYS be financial sector conspiracies, but they often are and for the most part Engdahl has his finger on that pulse. He has a ...more
Justin
Listed among the promotional blurbs on the back cover are a former oil minister from Saudi Arabia, an MIT school of management fellow, and the former minister of Guyana, giving an indication that Engdahl has more credibility than much of the other conspiratorial literature out there. Make no mistake though, Engdahl is firmly in the camp of new world order theory proponents; that a global totalitarian government is being covertly created by a small, mostly Anglo-American elite. A cursory look at ...more
Doug
Pluto Press could have done a much better job with editing this--don't allow the author to say he experienced the event firsthand without subsequent narration--plus there are typos and mistakes, e.g., Sao Tome and Principe is not a Pacific archipelago.

Otherwise, this is a good 'hidden' history of the last century. "Economic strangulation was London and Washington's response to assertions of national sovereignty from developing states which interfered with their vital assets." An important look a
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Dan
This is the book to read out of the ocean of books published on such subjects since 2001 (although it itself was written in the early 90's and updated for this more recent edition).

It focuses on all the right subjects: oil + economic policies, war + economic interests of the US/UK, First World petroleum transnationals + Third World misery/subjugation, Anglo-American intelligence + less-than-public national goals.

Engdahl, the author, places all these factors into perspective and gives you a cle
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Alexandra
hard to imagine that all those connections and practices can all be based on the greed on oil and power (where oil = power). No one has the proof that all these theories are really true. but when you read it, it makes perfect times. First worldwar, second worldwar... there seems to be a time-piece missing in the book though. Maybe the author had to leave it out?? Very haunting.
Michael
A truly wortwhile work with a very decent factual base. The only downside is concentrating solely on geopolitics (almost without examining the nature of capitalism and economic crisises per se) and US/GB role in some events and conflicts. Still, a must-have for all interested in modern history.
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Nov 30, 2009 Ermhm rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Writing is sometimes repetitive or lacking in structure, but there are not many books out there that will give you the big picture like 'A Century Of War' does. It should be read by everyone, and not just once.
K.A.T
Great book, not what you read in traditional history books. A lot of info from what happens behind the scene.
Jpmontz
Excellent Summary of the History of the 20th century related to oil geopolitics
Andrew
I lost this book half-way through, but holy shit was it good.
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American-German freelance journalist, historian and economic researcher. Grew up in Texas, earned a BA in engineering and jurisprudence from Princeton University in 1966, and studied comparative economics at the University of Stockholm from 1969 to 1970. Worked as an economist and freelance journalist in New York and in Europe.
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