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By Ben Mezrich

Tells a rags-to-riches tale of David Russo, an Italian-American upstart from the streets of Brooklyn who claws his means into the wild, frenetic global of the testosterone-laced warrens of the Merc alternate, and the asylum-like oil buying and selling middle positioned in decrease ny the place billions of greenbacks exchange palms per week.

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No, David was better off risking suspicion by sneaking off to the library every few hours on some bullshit “research” excuse than getting himself fired by making these calls from his cubicle. He leaned back in his chair, twirling the phone in front of him. The library office was small and stark—just a wooden desk, a few bookshelves, a pair of IBM workstations, and the phone. Still, David would have died for an office like this, somewhere he could just go and think, away from the constant noise of the banking floors.

Debts he would gladly pay, considering who his generous benefactor had been. “He’s in the parlor,” Agha said, pointing past a pair of bikini-clad blond women sunning themselves on deck chairs. ” Khaled nodded, trying not to stare at the women as he followed Agha’s directions. They looked young, barely as old as Khaled himself, and at least twenty-five years younger than the sheik, but that was really par for the course. The sheik had built himself quite a reputation over the years, and it was not unwarranted.

Oil is the source of wealth and power, the currency that drives the world economy. Some believe it is also the cause of most wars and acts of terrorism. In truth, there’s a reason men fight wars over oil: at its essence, oil is energy. It powers everything. It is, in itself, power, but power with a price—historically, oil has always divided the world into two opposing forces: those who have, and those who need. Very soon that historical fact may change. Because very soon oil may also end up bringing the world together in a way that politics, diplomacy, and war never could….

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