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The Great Game: The Story of the First Oil War


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Occasionally, an unforgettable story comes around that has it all and opens my eyes to a different level of humanity. This is that book!

I was captivated and curious right from the beginning of the story! I did not want to put it down, and when I finished it, I could not stop thinking about the characters.


How is it that some people can see the potential for greatness city in a dirty and undesirable place such as Baku? and then have the energy, foresight, and drive to accomplish greatness in just one lifetime? The Nobel family not only accomplishes this in Baku, but they manage to demonstrate what it is to be sensitive to local culture, to be generous to other people, and to improve humanity. The Nobel family builds a magnificent city out of the barren land near the Caspian Sea. They erect hospitals, schools, restaurants, homes, theatres and clubs, roads, parks, even find a way to grow trees where it was thought impossible! Still, no matter how much Emmanuel Nobel works with his father, Ludvig, and the other oil barons to provide happy blue-collar lives for their employees and the citizens of Baku, Emmanuel cannot make himself completely happy. Extravagant parties, cars, artwork, and lifestyle cannot fill the void that a forbidden love leaves within him. However, not every oil tycoon sees oil as a way to advance technology and to improve the lifestyles of the people. Oil brings with it ruthless competition, cut-throat business tactics, political unrest, and untapped wealth and power. Could global competitors like the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds be responsible for fires at some oil derricks or explosions at the docks? Or is it the political and violent Stalin and the Red Army responsible?


Readers will fall in love with the characters in this story. Their struggles and triumphs in Baku are real and will keep you enthralled throughout the entire story. The terror and violence that befalls the lovely city in the end is heart wrenching, and demonstrates the atrocities that humans are capable of when greed and power grab hold. It is a reminder of what is truly important in life.

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About the author

Dr. Togrul Bagirov – global energy security expert with the United Nations. Founder of the Baku Nobel Heritage Foundation. Knight of the Royal Order of Polar Star from Sweden. Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor from France. Doctorate in political science and diplomacy, visiting professor. view profile

Published on December 05, 2019

90000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Historical Fiction

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