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Readings from OIL IN THEIR BLOOD, The American Decades

by Herman K. Trabish

ABSTRACT: OIL IN THEIR BLOOD, The American Decades, the second historical novel in the multivolume oil saga, brings to life the mid-20th Century as the United States emerges as an oil power and a superpower. Trabish once again uses a matriarch's remembrance of oil industry families over three generations and weaves hard fact with adventure, romance and melodrama.

From post-World War I Paris where the peace talks created the modern world to jazz age New York City, roaring 20s Chicago and oil boom Oklahoma, Jacques LeFash Livingstone discovers oil’s secrets, runs from anything to do with oil, marries, has a son and finds himself an oil baron despite his best efforts.

In pre-World War II Washington, D.C., Victoria Wade Bridger, Lady North, accepts a diplomat’s request to help American oil men explore in Saudi Arabia and, as a result, gets herself and her dearest friend caught up in espionage and the darkest moments of World War II.

After slogging with the American infantry across World War II Europe, Monty Livingstone gives up his dream of being a spy for his country and goes to work for Big Oil until, in early 1950s Iran, he is unexpectedly recruited into the Cold War. Suddenly, everything from his adolescence in the Oklahoma oil fields to a lost love in Berlin to his training by an MI-6 operative matters if he is to finish his CIA assignment.

Just like in his first volume (OIL IN THEIR BLOOD, The Story of Our Addition, Trabish’s lean, muscular prose and relentless storytelling drills into every incident for a better understanding of metaphysical and stark cold truths about love, family and the dark commodity that drives our world.


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