Selected by "The New York Times Book Review" as a Notable Book
of the Year
In this gripping account of the quest for the energy that our
world needs, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in
his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Prize." A master storyteller
as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is
an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story
that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built
and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the
jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from
the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley,
Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.
The drama of oil-the struggle for access, the battle for
control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of use, its
impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate
it-continues to profoundly affect our world.. Yergin tells the
inside stories of the oil market and the surge in oil prices, the
race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the
massive mergers that transformed the landscape of world oil. He
tackles the toughest questions: Will we run out of oil? Are China
and the United States destined to come into conflict over oil? How
will a turbulent Middle East affect the future of oil supply?
Yergin also reveals the surprising and sometimes tumultuous
history of nuclear and coal, electricity, and the "shale gale" of
natural gas, and how each fits into the larger marketplace. He
brings climate change into unique perspective by offering an
unprecedented history of how the field of climate study went from
the concern of a handful of nineteenth- century scientists
preoccupied with a new Ice Age into one of the most significant
issues of our times.
He leads us through the rebirth of renewable energies and
explores the distinctive stories of wind, solar, and biofuels. He
offers a perspective on the return of the electric car, which some
are betting will be necessary for a growing global economy.
"The Quest" presents an extraordinary range of characters and
dramatic stories that illustrate the principles that will shape a
robust and flexible energy security system for the decades to come.
Energy is humbling in its scope, but our future requires that we
deeply understand this global quest that is truly reshaping our
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