» » The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea

Download The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea fb2

by Steve LeVine
Download The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea fb2
Engineering
  • Author:
    Steve LeVine
  • ISBN:
    0375506144
  • ISBN13:
    978-0375506147
  • Genre:
  • Publisher:
    Random House; First Edition first Printing edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Pages:
    496 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Engineering
  • Language:
  • FB2 format
    1414 kb
  • ePUB format
    1954 kb
  • DJVU format
    1650 kb
  • Rating:
    4.8
  • Votes:
    151
  • Formats:
    mbr docx lit rtf


Remote, forbidding, and volatile, the Caspian Sea long tantalized the world with its vast oil reserves. One person found this helpful.

Remote, forbidding, and volatile, the Caspian Sea long tantalized the world with its vast oil reserves.

The Caspian Sea is one of the most important oil regions in the world. However very little has been written about it. This book helps change that

The Caspian Sea is one of the most important oil regions in the world. This book helps change that. Starting with the history of the development of the oil industry there, LeVine goes on to the modern day, detailing the way multinational oil companies came to dominate the region. There is a major focus on the personalities involved, backed by interviews with nearly everyone written about. At the same time that can be considered the only mark against The Caspian Sea is one of the most important oil regions in the world. But outsiders, blocked by the closed Soviet system, couldn’t get to it. Then the Soviet Union collapsed, and a wholesale rush into the region erupted.

Mobile version (beta). The oil and the glory: the pursuit of empire and fortune on the Caspian Sea. Steve LeVine. Download (mobi, . 8 Mb). EPUB FB2 PDF TXT RTF. Converted file can differ from the original. If possible, download the file in its original format.

Электронная книга "The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea", Steve Levine

Электронная книга "The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea", Steve Levine. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea" для чтения в офлайн-режиме.

LeVine, Steve, 1957-. The papers of this book made it reflective when scanned. Petroleum industry and trade - Caspian Sea Region - History, Geopolitics - Caspian Sea Region - History, Geopolitics, Petroleum industry and trade, Politics and government, Caspian Sea Region - Politics and government, Caspian Sea Region. New York : Random House.

Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Распространяем знания с 2009. Пользовательское соглашение.

Steve LeVine was based in Central Asia and the Caucasus for 11 years - starting two weeks after the Soviet collapse through 2003. He ran The Wall Street Journal bureau for the eight-nation region, and before that covered it for The New York Times. From 1988-1992, LeVine was Newsweek's Pakistan-based correspondent for that country and Afghanistan. Before that, he covered the Philippines for Newsday from 1985-1988. His new book The Oil and the Glory tells the story of the long struggle for fortune, glory and power on the Caspian Sea. Moderator: Albert Bressand (Director, Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy).

Удивительная лесопилка в США, деревообработка - Продолжительность: 12:18 WOOD THINGS! Recommended for you. 12:18. I turn Fridge Compressor into Working Engine - Продолжительность: 23:35 Lets Learn Something Recommended for you. 23:35. Установка ремонтных шипов своими руками - Продолжительность: 6:59 Alexandro Recommended for you. 6:59.

Remote, forbidding, and volatile, the Caspian Sea long tantalized the world with its vast oil reserves. But outsiders, blocked by the closed Soviet system, couldn’t get to it. Then the Soviet Union collapsed, and a wholesale rush into the region erupted. Along with oilmen, representatives of the world’s leading nations flocked to the Caspian for a share of the thirty billion barrels of proven oil reserves at stake, and a tense geopolitical struggle began. The main players were Moscow and Washington–the former seeking to retain control of its satellite states, and the latter intent on dislodging Russia to the benefit of the West. The Oil and the Glory is the gripping account of this latest phase in the epochal struggle for control of the earth’s “black gold.” Steve LeVine, who was based in the region for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Newsweek, weaves an astonishing tale of high-stakes political gamesmanship, greed, and scandal, set in one of the most opaque corners of the world. In LeVine’s telling, the world’s energy giants jockey for position in the rich Kazakh and Azeri oilfields, while superpowers seek to gain a strategic foothold in the region and to keep each other in check. At the heart of the story is the contest to build and operate energy pipelines out of the landlocked region, the key to controlling the Caspian and its oil. The oil pipeline that resulted, the longest in the world, is among Washington’s greatest foreign policy triumphs in at least a decade and a half. Along the way, LeVine introduces such players as James Giffen, an American moneyman who was also the political “fixer” for oil companies eager to do business on the Caspian and the broker for Kazakhstan’s president and ministers; John Deuss, the flamboyant Dutch oil trader who won big but lost even bigger; Heydar Aliyev, the oft-misunderstood Azeri president who transcended his past as a Soviet Politburo member and masterminded a scheme to loosen Russian control over its former colonies in the Caspian region; and all manner of rogues, adventurers, and others drawn by the irresistible pull of untold riches and the possible “final frontier” of the fossil-fuel era. The broader story is of the geopolitical questions of the Caspian oil bonanza, such as whether Russia can be a trusted ally and trading partner with the West, and what Washington’s entry into this important but chaotic region will mean for its long-term stability.In an intense and suspenseful narrative, The Oil and the Glory is the definitive chronicle of events that are understood by few, but whose political and economic impact will be both profound and lasting."The collapse of the Soviet Union was a big opportunity for Big Oil, whose exploits are detailed in this fast-paced work of political and economic reportage by Wall Street Journal energy correspondent LeVine.Westerners had been sniffing for black gold in Russia and its satellites long before the empire disintegrated, notes the author. Averell Harriman, “the Harvard-trained scion of nineteenth-century robber baron Edward Harriman,” tried his hand at the business before turning to manganese mining, while Armand Hammer “became a money launderer for the Bolsheviks, sneaked cash to secret Bolshevik agents in the United States, and profited handsomely as the representative in Russia of some thirty American companies.” Hammer set the tone for the Americans who flocked to the Caspian in the first years of the Clinton presidency, which maneuvered for the construction of an east-west oil pipeline that, by reversing the old pattern of Central Asian materials going north to Russia and coming back as products for sale, “would favor the West and disfavor Russia.” Not a nice way to treat a fledgling democracy, but the oil scouts, of course, considered Russia a rival for Central-Asian resources second only to Iran, with its heartfelt and long-standing enmity toward the United States in the region and abroad. These scouts–the first among equals being LeVine’s heart-of-darkness antihero, Jim Giffen–kept their distance when Russia still had control over the area, spurning a Gorbachev-era program to allow foreign co-ownership. But they rushed to support separatist movements and encouraged ethnic and political divisions that opened the door to an even bigger share of the wealth. The tale of Giffen’s rise and fall (the latter for perhaps surprising reasons) occupies much of the later pages, but he never loses sight of the bigger picture: namely, Central Asia as oil lamp and potential powder keg in the realpolitik of the next few years.A complex story rendered comprehensible, with much drama and intrigue."--KIRKUS

Capella
LeVine not only displays an unusual grasp of the geopolitics of oil but, through hundreds of interviews and meticulous research, he has also assembled a unique anecdotal history of the role of oil and politics in the dramatic reshaping of the former Soviet empire into a dozen or more splinter states bound together by tribal loyalties and historical dependencies. He is a fine story teller with a knack for weaving stories into proper historical context.
Gravelblade
It is usually difficult task to describe certain era in a way that is complete, factually accurate and properly put into big picture context, yet remains easy to read. It is equally difficult to choose proper places to insert illustrative small stories and examples to explain situation and characters, yet not to diverge too much from the main story line. Steve Levine finds proper balance in all those respects. That is why the book is fantastic read.

The book also greatly illustrates how big deals are being done in a region with abundance of strategically important commodity, yet governed by unscrupulous rulers. For all the criticism of the big oil firms, in this book they end up as basically good guys.
Ishnjurus
Mr. LeVine has done a truly exceptional job of documenting decades of oil & gas pursuits in the Caspian Sea. As one of the people mentioned in this book, I can attest to the accuracy of this highly detailed account of what actually happened back in the 90's, as so many international oil players descended on the Central Asian Caspian nations and Russia, looking for high stakes oil & gas exploration, production and pipeline deals. Unscrupulous "middlemen" successfully "wedged" themselves into many of the deals, and outsmarted some of the industry's brightest players. This book should be required reading for anyone involved in international negotiations, not only involving areas of the Former Soviet Union, but elsewhere.

Mr. LeVine provides the reader with a tremendous amount of behind the scenes detail relating to how this geopolitically embroiled and charged game of high intrigue actually played out. The Caspian region became literally the global chess board for United States foreign policy. The author takes the reader on a journey where power and influence are the key criteria for decisions, and things are seldom what they seem on the surface. After reading this book, you will better understand why.

For any serious student of the oil industry or geopolitics in general, this book is a MUST READ. It is truly on par with The Prize! The Oil and the Glory definitely makes the point that fact is stranger, and better, than fiction!
Benn
Very interesting book, tells the story of the insiders, and the the politics.
Small Black
A terrific read which leaves the reader scratching his head at some points wondering how any of these deals ever got done in the Caspian region. Particularly interesting is the nexus of oil and geopolitical interests which shape many of the book's main events. Well worth a read.
Rindyt
If you enjoy history and geopolitics you will like this book. Levine spends a good third of the book on the history of oil in the region. So if you've read the Prize by Yergin, you would have probably come across the same stuff. Where this book get's interesting is in the 1980s and the post-Soviet union era. Liked the book so much that I finished it in three days.
Amis
This is a great book written by a great author. It is captivating and interesting and is presented in an easily absorbable and graceful fashion that makes it an easy and fun read.
This is such a comprehensive study of the region and the insurance and outs of the industry. I really learned a lot!