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We Gambled Everything
The Life and Times of an Oilman
Arne Nielsen
Foreword Peter C. Newman
“We gambled everything—our careers, our fortunes, the future of our nation—and every day brought new discoveries. It was like living on a frontier.”—Arne Nielsen The memoir of Canadian petroleum industry leader Arne Nielsen is not a conventional business biography. During his six decades in the business, he witnessed critical events in the oil industry that influenced Canada’s economic history. From rain-soaked tents on the Arctic barren land to the luxurious New York offices of a multinational oil company, Arne Nielsen’s expansive knowledge of geology and the oil industry made him one of the most influential and well-known figures of his time. His memoir provides crucial details and unique perspectives on events that will be of interest to the next generation of oil industry executives as well as to consumers, economists, and ecologists.
Format:  Trade Paperback
ISBN:  978-0-88864-598-2
Price:  CND$ 29.95, USD$ 29.95, £ 24.99
Discount:  Trade
Subject:  Memoir/Petroleum Industry/Business/Canadian History
Publication Date:  November 2012
2013 Petroleum History Society
Petroleum History Society Book of the Year, Book of the Year
“Arne Nielsen, 87, is a Petroleum Hall of Famer. Nielsen was ‘chief executive politician’ of Mobil Oil Canada, as he puts it; discoverer of the Pembina No. 1 field at Drayton Valley, Alta.; twice chairman of the Canadian Petroleum Association; famed foe of the National Energy Program. His career spanned the biggest energy boom in history – a ‘golden age,’ Nielsen calls it.”
Holly Doan, Blacklock’s Reporter
“The author, a prominent retired Canadian oil geologist and senior industry executive, captures in his memoirs the excitement of oil discoveries on the Alberta and Saskatchewan plains during the 1940s and ’50s…. [H]e shares the excitement of locating the multibillion barrel Pembina oilfield in 1953, that has become one of the most productive fields in North America…. Nielsen analyzes the changes in Canadian federal energy policies that have dramatically affected the level of oil and gas investment, exploration, and development in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, eastern Canada off shore, and in the Northwest Territories.”
Allan Edward Ingelson, University of Calgary, Great Plains Research, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2014
#1 on the Calgary Herald's Bestsellers list for the week of June 9, 2013.
"The oil industry is a tumultuous one, one that often calls for risk. We Gambled Everything is a memoir from Arne Nielsen who offers his insights.... [It] is a fascinating tale...”
Midwest Book Review, June 2013
"Author Nielsen is a former CEO of a major oil company in Canada. During his 60-year career in the Canadian petroleum business, he discovered a major oil field in Alberta and helped develop the energy policies adopted by the Mulroney government. In this memoir he stresses political aspects of the petroleum industry, offering an insider's perspective on the motivations and machinations of key figures behind the scenes.”
Book News Inc., 2013
#7 on the Calgary Herald's Bestsellers list for the week of March 23, 2013.
“Arne – everyone refers to him by his first name – is lucid, insightful and passionate. A member of the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, his lively anecdotes and candid assessments of the many battles he survived fill his biography.”
David Finch, Calgary Herald
#1 on the Calgary Herald's Bestsellers list for the week of January 12, 2013.
#5 on the Calgary Herald's Bestsellers list for the week of December 14, 2012.

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