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The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World | [Daniel Yergin]

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2011 Daniel Yergin (P)2011 Penguin

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    ChrisC 03-18-15
    ChrisC 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best book in a great series"

    This is the final, and in my opinion the best book in the series. The author does a tremendous job of integrating technological, economic, and political considerations that are both easy enough for novice to understand but deep enough to be appreciated by someone in the field.

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    C. Fox Mesa AZ 02-15-15
    C. Fox Mesa AZ 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great weaving of the history of energy"

    For anyone interested in energy and how we got where we are, this is a great book. As a utility engineer, I consider this as nearly required reading and hope the author will update this as years go by. The reading itself is also excellent.

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    Brian2468 01-21-15
    Brian2468 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story"

    Very intriguing novel on the history of the energy indusrty. well written with a flow that makes it feel like fiction.

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    Shawn 01-06-15
    Shawn 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read!"

    It was a comprehensive seemingly unbiased look at energy and how it shaped the world today. I really enjoyed it.

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    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-22-14
    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to The Quest again? Why?

    Fascinating and thorough coverage of our energy usage. History, science, politics -- very complete.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Petkoff’s performances?

    No -- overly dramatic style, very out of synch with the subject matter. Too much like a sensationalistic movie trailer.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, Worth putting up with the irritating narration.

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    Thomas 06-16-14
    Thomas 06-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Current Events or the future?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Quest the most enjoyable?

    Daniel Yergin paints the picture of oils impact on our economic, social and political lives. The book presented a history while foretelling the future. The book was right on target with the challenges in our world.


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    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 05-26-14
    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Exceptional"

    Yergin knows this subject masterfully. A journey through two centuries, and all around the world.

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    Fahel Houston, Texas 02-08-14
    Fahel Houston, Texas 02-08-14
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    "Excellent research, inside story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Quest the most enjoyable?

    I learned a lot of new information that put events into a plausible framework.


    If you could give The Quest a new subtitle, what would it be?

    From fossil fuels to renewables


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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 03-10-13
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "must reading.."

    for anyone interested in politics, history, or any aspect of modern society.

    This is a great author. I have read “the Prize” at least 3 times and this is as good. It is a great overview of energy. What he has a unique gift for is letting the reader understand the primacy the quest for and acquisition of energy has on everything in our modern life. The book is thorough but fast paced and covers every aspect of energy and provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of both the recent history of the search for and development of energy sources but also a comprehensive understanding of where we are headed. Its also very level headed…I did not get any “political” agenda. Just the facts. There is no “coal is awful, we need to develop all renewable sources” or “oil is wonderful and will last forever”, rather there is continuous crituqes of previously expounded opinions and the reader can draw his/her own conclusions.
    Finally the reading is perfect..well paced, not boring, just a great experience.
    I could not recommend more highly..a great great book I am sure I will listen to again.

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    ilkka Turku, Finland 02-11-13
    ilkka Turku, Finland 02-11-13 Member Since 2015

    A fan of books on psychology, biosphere and business. Favourites: Vaclav Smil, Joshua Foer, Warren Buffett, David Christian, Guy Spier.

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    "A very good and informative book"
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    The book takes an overall look on the global economics of energy. And does it well. I now have a base level understanding of every relevant source of industrial, vehicle and electrical energy. Exactly what I was looking for.One thing, however. I strongly advice to google yourself an understanding of the scales of energy measurements. Things like global daily oil usage in barrels (~80 million), yearly electricity consumption of your home country (around 90 TWh in finland), electricity output of a mediocre nuclear power plant (700 MW where I'm from). That kind of info doesn't transmit very well in the book, and knowing it beforehand helps to understand what the writer is really communicating.

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