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The Quest

Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

By Daniel Yergin

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Published In: United States, 01 September 2011
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 world.

About the Author

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. Yergin is a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the United States Energy Award for lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding. He is both a world-recognized author and a business leader, as well as executive vice president of IHS.Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for his work "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power," which became a number one best seller and was made into an eight-hour PBS/BBC series seen by 20 million people in the United States. The book has been translated into 17 languages and has just been released in a new updated edition.Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar."

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"Dan Yergin's "The Prize" was a magisterial masterpiece. Now Yergin widens his lens and takes in not just oil but all energy sources. Anyone who wants to understand the economics or politics of the twenty-first century should read this book." - Lawrence Summers, Former U.S. Treasure Secretary; Charles W. Eliot University "Written by America's preeminent energy expert, "The Quest" is a must read for anyone wanting to understand our energy world, how climate change became part of the energy equation-and how we can chart a path forward." - Fred Krupp, president, Environmental Defense Fund "Written by America''s preeminent energy expert, "The Quest" is a must read for anyone wanting to understand our energy world, how climate change became part of the energy equation-and how we can chart a path forward."---Fred Krupp, president, Environmental Defense Fund "The search for sufficient, clean energy represents the defining challenge of this generation. Daniel Yergin has masterfully connected the forces of economics and geopolitics with the complex science of energy production and climate change. "The Quest" provides a lucid guide through the forest of issues that stands between us and a sustainable energy future."---Susan Hockfield, president, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Dan Yergin''s "The Prize" was a magisterial masterpiece. Now Yergin widens his lens and takes in not just oil but all energy sources. Anyone who wants to understand the economics or politics of the twenty-first century should read this book."---Lawrence Summers, Former U.S. Treasure Secretary; Charles W. Eliot University "This is a profound, unique, and brilliantly written book about some of the most important issues of our times."---Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation "Mr. Yergin is back with a sequel to "The Prize". It is called "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World", and, if anything, it's an even better book. It is searching, impartial and alarmingly up to date... "The Quest" will be necessary reading for C.E.O.'s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers, ambitious terrorists and many others... "The Quest" is encyclopedic in its ambitions; it resists easy synopsis." --Dwight Garner, THE NEW YORK TIMES "[A] sprawling story richly textured with original material, quirky details and amusing anecdotes... The tale is generously sprinkled with facts debunking common misperceptions, and Mr. Yergin sagely analyzes how well the energy industry really works."--THE WALL STREET JOURNAL "[An] important book... a valuable primer on the basic issues that define energy today. Yergin is careful in his analysis and never polemical... Despite that, "The Quest" makes it clear that energy policy is not on the right course anywhere in the world and that everyone--on the left and the right, in the developed and the developing world--need to rethink strongly held positions."--Fareed Zakaria, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "It is a cause for celebration that Yergin has returned with his perspective on a very different landscape... [I]t is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the 21st century. In Yergin's lucid, easy prose, the 800 pages flow freely... "The Quest" is... the definitive guide to how we got here."--THE FINANCIAL TIMES "This fascinating saga is the definitive book on the most important of global issues, the quest for sustainable sources of energy. Dan Yergin, the prominent energy expert of our times, weaves together security and environmental concerns to explain the system we have toady and to analyze the sensible paths forward. This is one book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life."--Walter Isaacson, author of STEVE JOBS and EINSTEIN ""The Quest" by Daniel Yergin, one of the world''s most experienced and influential authorities on global energy, may well become the definitive work on the science, history, and economics of this most complex and important subject. This masterful and illuminating book on one of the most vital issues of our time, one that will powerfully influence international politics, economics, and nations worldwide, should be essential reading for policymakers everywhere."---Dr. Henry Kissinger, author of ON CHINA "The book then takes us on an exploration of the energy industry and its history, touching down in so many remote corners of the globe, filled with such a huge cast of sinister business magnates, visionary scientists, political scoundrels and con men that it sometimes reads like a novel."--LOS ANGELES TIMES ""The Quest "is a book--a tour de force, really--that evaluates the alternatives to oil so broadly and deeply that the physical tome could double as a doorstop... It is best read slowly, perhaps one chapter per day maximum, if the goal is to actually absorb the rich detail and sometimes complicated workings described by Yergin."--USA TODAY ""The Quest" superbly captures the great questions of energy and security that face our nation in this risky world. Daniel Yergin identifies the key issues, demonstrates their urgency, and lays out the choices. He does so with such deep expertise and with such vivid narrative writing as to make this book both important and compelling. It can help us see our way to a safer and sounder energy future."--Senator Richard Lugar, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee ""The Quest" by Daniel Yergin, one of the world's most experienced and influential authorities on global energy, may well become the definitive work on the science, history, and economics of this most complex and important subject. This masterful and illuminating book on one of the most vital issues of our time, one that will powerfully influence international politics, economics, and nations worldwide, should be essential reading for policymakers everywhere."---Dr. Henry Kissinger, author of ON CHINA "In the magisterial style of his earlier global narrative of energy politics, "The Prize," Daniel Yergin has again delivered a sweeping, authoritative account of the science, economics, and geopolitics of energy. His writing, as ever, is clear and intelligent, and his subject could hardly be timelier."---Steve Coll, author of THE BIN LADENS and GHOST WARS Mr. Yergin is back with a sequel to "The Prize." It is called "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World," and, if anything, it s an even better book. It is searching, impartial and alarmingly up to date "The Quest" will be necessary reading for C.E.O. s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers, ambitious terrorists and many others "The Quest" is encyclopedic in its ambitions; it resists easy synopsis. Dwight Garner, THE NEW YORK TIMES [A] sprawling story richly textured with original material, quirky details and amusing anecdotes... The tale is generously sprinkled with facts debunking common misperceptions, and Mr. Yergin sagely analyzes how well the energy industry really works. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL [An] important book a valuable primer on the basic issues that define energy today. Yergin is careful in his analysis and never polemical Despite that, "The Quest" makes it clear that energy policy is not on the right course anywhere in the world and that everyone on the left and the right, in the developed and the developing world need to rethink strongly held positions. Fareed Zakaria, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Mr Yergin s previous book, "The Prize," a history of the global oil industry, had the advantage of an epic tale and wondrous timing "The Quest," as its more open-ended title suggests, is a broader and more ambitious endeavour "The Quest "is a masterly piece of work and, as a comprehensive guide to the world s great energy needs and dilemmas, it will be hard to beat. THE ECONOMIST It is a cause for celebration that Yergin has returned with his perspective on a very different landscape [I]t is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the 21st century. In Yergin s lucid, easy prose, the 800 pages flow freely "The Quest" is the definitive guide to how we got here. THE FINANCIAL TIMES "The Quest "is a book a tour de force, really that evaluates the alternatives to oil so broadly and deeply that the physical tome could double as a doorstop It is best read slowly, perhaps one chapter per day maximum, if the goal is to actually absorb the rich detail and sometimes complicated workings described by Yergin. USA TODAY The book then takes us on an exploration of the energy industry and its history, touching down in so many remote corners of the globe, filled with such a huge cast of sinister business magnates, visionary scientists, political scoundrels and con men that it sometimes reads like a novel. LOS ANGELES TIMES "This fascinating saga is the definitive book on the most important of global issues, the quest for sustainable sources of energy. Dan Yergin, the prominent energy expert of our times, weaves together security and environmental concerns to explain the system we have toady and to analyze the sensible paths forward. This is one book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life." Walter Isaacson, author of STEVE JOBS and EINSTEIN ""The Quest" by Daniel Yergin, one of the world's most experienced and influential authorities on global energy, may well become the definitive work on the science, history, and economics of this most complex and important subject. This masterful and illuminating book on one of the most vital issues of our time, one that will powerfully influence international politics, economics, and nations worldwide, should be essential reading for policymakers everywhere." Dr. Henry Kissinger, author of ON CHINA "In the magisterial style of his earlier global narrative of energy politics, "The Prize," Daniel Yergin has again delivered a sweeping, authoritative account of the science, economics, and geopolitics of energy. His writing, as ever, is clear and intelligent, and his subject could hardly be timelier." Steve Coll, author of THE BIN LADENS and GHOST WARS ""The Quest" superbly captures the great questions of energy and security that face our nation in this risky world. Daniel Yergin identifies the key issues, demonstrates their urgency, and lays out the choices. He does so with such deep expertise and with such vivid narrative writing as to make this book both important and compelling. It can help us see our way to a safer and sounder energy future." Senator Richard Lugar, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee" "Mr. Yergin is back with a sequel to "The Prize." It is called "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World," and, if anything, it's an even better book. It is searching, impartial and alarmingly up to date... "The Quest" will be necessary reading for C.E.O.'s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers, ambitious terrorists and many others... "The Quest" is encyclopedic in its ambitions; it resists easy synopsis." -- Dwight Garner, THE NEW YORK TIMES "[A] sprawling story richly textured with original material, quirky details and amusing anecdotes... The tale is generously sprinkled with facts debunking common misperceptions, and Mr. Yergin sagely analyzes how well the energy industry really works." -- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL "[An] important book... a valuable primer on the basic issues that define energy today. Yergin is careful in his analysis and never polemical... Despite that, "The Quest" makes it clear that energy policy is not on the right course anywhere in the world and that everyone--on the left and the right, in the developed and the developing world--need to rethink strongly held positions." -- Fareed Zakaria, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "Mr Yergin's previous book, "The Prize," a history of the global oil industry, had the advantage of an epic tale and wondrous timing... "The Quest," as its more open-ended title suggests, is a broader and more ambitious endeavour... "The Quest "is a masterly piece of work and, as a comprehensive guide to the world's great energy needs and dilemmas, it will be hard to beat." -- THE ECONOMIST "It is a cause for celebration that Yergin has returned with his perspective on a very different landscape... [I]t is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the 21st century. In Yergin's lucid, easy prose, the 800 pages flow freely... "The Quest" is... the definitive guide to how we got here." -- THE FINANCIAL TIMES ""The Quest "is a book--a tour de force, really--that evaluates the alternatives to oil so broadly and deeply that the physical tome could double as a doorstop... It is best read slowly, perhaps one chapter per day maximum, if the goal is to actually absorb the rich detail and sometimes complicated workings described by Yergin." -- USA TODAY "The book then takes us on an exploration of the energy industry and its history, touching down in so many remote corners of the globe, filled with such a huge cast of sinister business magnates, visionary scientists, political scoundrels and con men that it sometimes reads like a novel." -- LOS ANGELES TIMES "This fascinating saga is the definitive book on the most important of global issues, the quest for sustainable sources of energy. Dan Yergin, the prominent energy expert of our times, weaves together security and environmental concerns to explain the system we have toady and to analyze the sensible paths forward. This is one book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life." -- Walter Isaacson, author of STEVE JOBS and EINSTEIN ""The Quest" by Daniel Yergin, one of the world's most experienced and influential authorities on global energy, may well become the definitive work on the science, history, and economics of this most complex and important subject. This masterful and illuminating book on one of the most vital issues of our time, one that will powerfully influence international politics, economics, and nations worldwide, should be essential reading for policymakers everywhere." -- Dr. Henry Kissinger, author of ON CHINA "In the magisterial style of his earlier global narrative of energy politics, "The Prize," Daniel Yergin has again delivered a sweeping, authoritative account of the science, economics, and geopolitics of energy. His writing, as ever, is clear and intelligent, and his subject could hardly be timelier." -- Steve Coll, author of THE BIN LADENS and GHOST WARS ""The Quest" superbly captures the great questions of energy and security that face our nation in this risky world. Daniel Yergin identifies the key issues, demonstrates their urgency, and lays out the choices. He does so with such deep expertise and with such vivid narrative writing as to make this book both important and compelling. It can help us see our way to a safer and sounder energy future." -- Senator Richard Lugar, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee "Mr Yergin's previous book, "The Prize," a history of the global oil industry, had the advantage of an epic tale and wondrous timing... "The Quest," as its more open-ended title suggests, is a broader and more ambitious endeavour... "The Quest "is a masterly piece of work and, as a comprehensive guide to the world's great energy needs and dilemmas, it will be hard to beat." --THE ECONOMIST "Mr Yergin's previous book, "The Prize", a history of the global oil industry, had the advantage of an epic tale and wondrous timing... "The Quest", as its more open-ended title suggests, is a broader and more ambitious endeavour... "The Quest "is a masterly piece of work and, as a comprehensive guide to the world's great energy needs and dilemmas, it will be hard to beat." --THE ECONOMIST

EAN: 9781594202834
ISBN: 1594202834
Publisher: Penguin Press
Dimensions: 23.62 x 16.51 x 4.83 centimetres (1.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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