- Understand more about present wars in the Middle East and attacks on the West. The struggle for energy, played a central role in world politics before! Reading like a thriller, this biographical adventure shows how oil played a decisive role in the 2nd World War and how the struggle for energy led to personal tragedy. Was Henry van der Waerdens' death in 1937 murder, or did he commit suicide? The events bring us to the year 1937 in Europe, when two prominent Shell-oil-men were swept off their feet by the opposing forces Communism and National Socialism. The story about oil takes us to the end of the 20th century and beyond. It warns us for a new period of political tension. Suspense, love, murder, politics, philosophy, a view on the future, it can all be found in this remarkably revealing book. About the author Dick van Buuren, born in 1939, grew up with mother, aunt and grandmother in The Hague. Their happy life ended by the unexplained death of his grandfather in 1937, Shells' director Europe. Dick van Buuren, educated in marketing and politics, was longtime searching for the cause of death of his grandfather. In 1989, things became clear.