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Barbarians of Oil: How the World's Oil Addiction Threatens Global Prosperity and Four Investments to Protect Your Wealth

Barbarians of Oil: How the World's Oil Addiction Threatens Global Prosperity and Four Investments to Protect Your Wealth

Sandy Franks, Sara Nunnally

ISBN: 978-1-118-08234-8

May 2011

336 pages


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An engaging look at the global oil industry and how to navigate the price volatility and new policies associated with it

Oil is a constantly changing industry, and with the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, more changes are expected. From extra equipment, higher-cost insurance, and expensive technology to mandatory third-party inspections, costly delays, and shifting investments, analysts say the price tag of regulation will be stiff and not confined to the Gulf.

The oil industry affects everyone, and the machinations of a few industry heads, the "Barbarians of Oil," can drastically change the lives of investors and consumers. In Barbarians of Oil author Sandy Franks offers the tips needed to avoid future market dips and dives as well as safeguard your investments and profit in the future.

  • Details the petro-land grab in Africa, the Bush-Halliburton Era, the Gulf Wars, and the political dangers to the United States in Iran, Iraq, and other oil-rich nations
  • Looks at the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the impending long-term effects on investments and policy
  • Explores the evolution of the modern oil industry including major corporations such as ExxonMobile, ConcoPhillips, Cheveron, and BP

Barbarians of Oil is a timely must read for hard-working Americans concerned with their prosperity, as well as for those fascinated with the inner workings of the oil industry.



Part One: History of Oil

Chapter 1: Emergence of Black Gold

Chapter 2: Drilling For Oil

Chapter 3: The Struggle to Survive

Chapter 4: Birth of an Industry

Part Two: Oil Dynasties

Chapter 5: A Home Grown U.S. Oil Cartel

Chapter 6: From Humble Beginnings to Oil Giant

Chapter 7: Cut-throat British Oil Empire

Chapter 8: Budding Oil Empires

Part Three: Dangerous Liaisons

Chapter 9: The Birth of OPEC

Chapter 10: The Arab-Israeli Oil Wars

Chapter 11: The OPEC Oil Weapon

Chapter 12: Political Dangers to the U.S Oil Addiction

Part Four: Oil’s Political Allies

Chapter 13: The Bush-Halliburton Era

Chapter 14: Petrodollars: The Rise of Venezuela, Iran, and Russia

Chapter 15: Drill, Baby, Drill: The Alaska Equation

Chapter 16: Black Gold Guardians

Part Five: Dangerous Addiction

Chapter 17: Dirty Business

Chapter 18: Big Oil's Sidekick

Chapter 19: The Red Dragon's Thirst for Oil

Chapter 20: Petro-land Grab: The Fight for African Oil

Part Six: Where to Invest Now and Why

Chapter 21: Achieving Energy Independence: The Story of Samsø Island

Chapter 22: The Need for Alternative Energy Sources

Chapter 23: The Hybrid Future

Chapter 24: Investment Strategies to Protect (and Grow) Your Wealth