The Seven Sisters - The Great Oil Companies & the World They Shaped
A. Sampson 1980 Bantam Books New York
While outdated, this book provides an excellent, readable primer on the oil industry and world politics. The title refers to the seven oil companies that dominated world petroleum production and provides a history for each of the companies. This book helps readers to understand the history of the oil industry in the Middle East and to contextualize tensions, misunderstandings, and decisions.