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The Squeeze ➷ [Reading] ➹ The Squeeze By Tom Bower ➬ – A groundbreaking in depth and authoritative twenty year history of the hunt and speculation for our most vital natural resource Oil Money Politics and Power in the 21st Century Twenty years ago oil co A groundbreaking in depth and authoritative twenty year history of the hunt and speculation for our most vital natural resource Oil Money Politics and Power in the st Century Twenty years ago oil cost about a barrel In the price soared to and then fell to below In the midst of this extraordinary volatility the major oil conglomerates still spent over a trillion dollars in an increasingly frantic search for The story of oil is a story of high stakes and extreme risk It is the story of the crushing rivalries between men and women exploring for oil five miles beneath the sea battling for control of the world's biggest corporations and gambling billions of dollars twenty four hours every day on oil's prices It is the story of corporate chieftains in Dallas and London traders in New York oil oligarchs in Moscow and globe trotting politicians all maneuvering for power With the world as his canvas acclaimed investigative reporter Tom Bower gathers unprecedented firsthand information from hundreds of sources to give readers the definitive untold modern history of oil the ultimate story of arrogance intrigue and greed.

About the Author: Tom Bower

Tom Bower born September is a British writer noted for his investigative journalism and for his unauthorized biographiesA former Panorama reporter his books include unauthorised biographies of Tiny Rowland Robert Maxwell Mohamed Al Fayed Geoffrey Robinson Gordon Brown and Richard Branson He won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for Broken Dreams an investigatio.

10 thoughts on “The Squeeze

  1. John John says:

    This book was a bit too close to home I have worked as an oil trader for nearly 30 years in the US and Singapore Many of the characters and sources are familiar and in some cases business associates I feel compelled to admit that what drew me to this book was not the cheap bargain basement price I learned that an old business competitoradversary was a major source for this book in fact there is an entire chapter devoted him His colleagues disclosed to me that the book infuriated him After reading it I have to agree We'll keep it anonymous but it was not kind to him I am grateful the author overlooked me as well The book takes aim at some of the dodgier executives in the oil business notably the Russian oligarchs and fugitive oil trader Marc Rich The author details how growing resource nationalism has prompted government heads like Putin and Chavez to renege on promises and rewrite contracts The book is not kind to former CEOs like Lee Raymond of Exxon Phil Watts of Shell and John Browne of BP but then as an oil industry partisan I have to admit that many of the criticisms here are accurate and deservedThere are a few books out there that try to describe the world of oil tradingMetal Men by Craig Copetas the King of Oil by Daniel Amman and Rigged by Ben Mezrich Each of those books have flaws it is not clear whether the Mezrich book is factual or a roman a clef This book does a better job of catching the spirit and energy of an oil trading room The author contacted many rank and file traders who laid out their strategies and market approaches He lays out the strategies behind each sueeze in language that lay persons can follow In this respect this book was uite helpful I was also gratified to read the author's lengthy panegyric on Andy Hall the phenomenal trading boss of Phibro who called the markets right and went mega long in the early 2000s The author credits Hall's business success not only to his willingness to bet his hunches but included his voracious reading habits My Good Books count is nudging towards 500 at least the books I remember reading but I could use a payday like Andy Hall's

  2. Jeffrey Bostick Jeffrey Bostick says:

    Definitely worth slogging through for an insider's view of the mechanics and the politics of international oil business Trouble is that the take is almost a little too insidery Long stretches of the book read like personal magazine profiles of this or that CEO which would be okay if these details were relevant But mainly it reads almost like entertainment gossip

  3. Bridget Bridget says:

    Oil plays such an important role in our lives Oil money politics and power go hand in hand It's amazing how much we depend on oil just to live our lives daily I can remember when gas was 99 per gallon and now it's usually around 250 in the area I live in The price has went up a great deal and there are many reasons If you want to understand oil and how it controls so much of what we do this is the book for you Tom gets straight the basics and then elaborates so the book has a certain flow that is constant throughout

  4. Paul Paul says:

    Bower gets under the skin of the oil magnates and shows their true colours The people that run this industry are ruthless manipulative complicit in manipulating the market and greedy beyond belief

  5. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    Observing modern oil industry and how no single government corporation or OPEC can control oil markets

  6. Kremlin Kremlin says:

    My trust in the author and editor soured when they referred to Dmitry Medvedev with a clear photo as Vladimir Medvedev Just how on Earth does anyone fuck that up seriouslyThis book is a rambling and at times purely numerical data history of a few massive corrupt companies with men who think they can rule the world instead of governments So instead of currency the world is run on oil Seems accurateDefinetly not a light or even engaging read Unless you have deep interest in the subject I'm sure there are better books out there than this I skimmed alot of it tbh

  7. David James David James says:

    There's a lot of information in this one but it's poorly arranged What could have been an excellent examination of the people involved at the top of the oil world and the way they have impacted recent history Bower is focused on roughly 1980 onward is bogged down by constantly shifting timelines and narratives that leave the book difficult to follow It's a shame because the stories he tells are uite dramatic and offer an illuminating look at the impact oil and those who produce it have on our daily lives But by not arranging things chronologically it becomes very hard to remember who did what when they did it and why Readers are often unable to consider events in the light of what preceded them because the earlier events freuently aren't relayed until later in the bookFor those obsessed with books about oil and I'm one of them there's than enough here to warrant reading this one but it's of a struggle than it needed to be Had he followed Daniel Yergin's narrative flow in his epic work The Prize Bower could have produced a worthy successor a book that clearly documented the role of oil in history and current events Instead he's turned out a hodgepodge It's too bad his editor didn't steer him right on that

  8. Fredrick Danysh Fredrick Danysh says:

    This is an analysis of the role of the oil industry over the first part of the 21st century and the big oil companies OPEC's role is also considered Here the politics and economics of big oil are discussed as they affect the world The personalities of the major players heads of the companies are looked at I thought that it was an interesting read that gave insight into why the price of oil uadrupled since the embargo of the 1970s

  9. Tony Limjuco Tony Limjuco says:

    Illuminating non fictional account so far of how the modern oil industry came about most notably of BP's troubled rise to prominence and just how those Russian oligarchs got uite so rich uite relevant reading today in light of the now capped Macondo well I'll see how the rest unfolds

  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    A long slow read focused on the personalities behind large western oil companies I was definitely hoping for of a look at the role of China in today's oil industry and as such was disappointed

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