If you’re interested in the historical politics, there’s a book (circa 1957–8) by Harvey O’connor, “Empire of Oil”.

The ‘oiligarch’ machinations of that time period underlie much of the world as we know it today. Texas oil owned the US government, and Middle East oil was their path to world domination. The automobile was the opiate of the suburbs, while petroleum was the war drug of choice.

The same families are still trying to get past Bolivar’s firewall in Venezuela.

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