In this book, the author reflects major stages in the principal history of oil from the beginning of World War II to 1981. He focuses on the significance of critical aspects of petroleum logistics and presents the strategic dimensions of oil.
Introduction Part 1: Oil and World War II 1. The Paradox of Oil and War (September 1941) 2. Japanese Strategy (January 1942) 3. Axis Launches Desperate Offensive at Allied Oil Sources (April 1942) Part 2: Oil and Postwar Recovery 4. Middle Eastern Oil as an Objective of World Power (January 1947) 5. Petroleum Under the ECA Program (March 1949) 6. One Year of ECA's Oil Operations (April 1949) 7. The Role of American Oil in the World (October 1949) 8. Europe in the Oil Economy of the Free World (June 1951) Part 3: Western Oil Power 9. Interdependence as the Foundation for World Oil Operations (June 1955) 10. Issues in International Oil Policies (April 1957) 11. Western Security and International Oil (June 1958) Part 4: World Oil in Transition 12. World Oil in Transition (August 1961) 13. Basic Considerations for Oil Policies in Developing Countries (January 1962) 14. Oil Power (July 1971) 15. An Action Program for U.S. Energy Policy (November 1972) 16. An Atlantic-Japanese Energy Policy (March 1973) Part 5: World Oil in Turmoil 17. World Oil Cooperation or International Chaos (July 1974) 18. A Conference Between Oil-Producing and Consuming Countries (January 1975) 19. U.S. Energy Policy in a World Context (April 1977) 20. The Years That the Locust Hath Eaten: Oil Policy and OPEC Development Prospects (Winter 1978–79) Part 6: Oil-the Years Ahead 21. Oil and the Decline of the West (Summer 1980) 22. Oil: An Agenda for the 1980s (Summer 1981)