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The Oil Kings is definitely a worthwhile read. I would recommend it to anybody interested to know what happened in the 1970s oil shock. The author has a deep understanding of the internal politics that drove the US-Iran relationship during that era and for that this book is absolutely wonderful. The one gripe I have with the book is that it oversimplifies the price setting mechanism for oil. If the author could have done more work on the supply demand and long term supply shortages that had developed over time, the book would have been more credible as a complete explanation of the oil story of the era. However, this is more of a story about the Kings and less about Oil. It's great for what it is, but could have been a great book with a little more balance about how oil prices actually come about. Even during the oil shock, politicians can only raise the price if the market warrants it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
In The Oil Kings, Andrew Scott Cooper tells the story of how the US, Iran, and the Saudi family changed the political balance of power in the Middle East. This story takes us back to the Nixon White House and the Watergate fiasco. Political decisions made seemingly so long ago started us down a dangerous path Cooper contends. At the center of the book is Cooper’s contention that secret agreements were negotiated by Dr. Kissinger with the Shah of Iran with far reaching results. The book alleges that those agreements were largely unknown before Carter’s election and kept secret from the Carter team. This book is well written, informative, and a page turner in places. It will disturb the reader. Just think of what might have been or could have been. The reading of Rob Shapiro is excellent.
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What did you like most about The Oil Kings?
The story narrates well and to the point. As this is my first book on this subject I can't say if it is better researched or otherwise. Needless to say, that the book has changed the way I read the news and I now check the financial/business papers to fathom 'actual' news. In fact, I'm now more prone to read news relating to 'oil' than rely on news headlines.
What did you like best about this story?
The book almost reads like a novel, yet it is not and it moves quite rapidly. It was difficult to step away from it as I needed to find out what the next chapter said.
What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?
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Any additional comments?
I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand the current state affairs we find ourselves in. Western nations need to become less oil dependent or continue to be embroiled in Middle Eastern affairs.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is thoroughly recommended for those interested in politics, business, the oil market, the Middle East and Iran in particular.
Excellent background to the buildup to the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, framed from the perspective of the oil markets and US addiction to oil.
A sad tale of the souring of once vibrant US-Iran relations, though giving hope for the future of relations, given recent events.