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

Author(s): Daniel Yergin

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Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer-winning book, The Prize, in this gripping account of the quest for the energy the world needs - and the power and riches that come with it. From the jammed streets of Beijing, the shores of the Caspian Sea and the conflicts in the Middle East, to Washington DC and Silicon Valley, energy is the engine of global political and economic change, as well as central to the battle over climate change.

In The QuestYergin tells the inside stories of the oil market- the rise of the 'petrostate', the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire and the massive corporate mergers that transformed the oil landscape. He shows how the drama of oil - the struggle for access to it, the insecurity of supply, its impact on the global economy and the geopolitics that dominate it - will continue to shape our world. And he takes on the toughest questions- will the world run out of oil before we can cope with its absence? Are China and the United States destined to battle over this precious resource?


Yergin also reveals the surprising and turbulent history of nuclear, coal, oil and natural gas, and their roles as power sources and in electricity generation. Investigating the 'rebirth of renewables' - biofuels and wind, as well as solar energy, which venture-capitalists are betting will be the next big thing for meeting the needs of a growing world economy - he makes it clear that understanding this greening landscape and its future role is crucial.


Daniel Yergin is a master storyteller as well as one of the world's great experts, and The Questpresents an extraordinary range of characters and a panorama of dramatic stories. It is an extraordinary achievement in explaining the state of the world today.

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It is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the twenty-first century... the definitive guide to how we got here -- Ed Crooks Financial Times Required reading ...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 Economist Compelling ... The book's range is impressive ... Yergin's gift is in distilling dry topics into a readable narrative Observer If you were in any doubt about what makes the world go round, Daniel Yergin can enlighten you ... a comprehensive picture of the nexus between power, politics and oil -- Danny Fortson Sunday Times Daniel Yergin is the closest thing we have to an energy seer Washington Post

Daniel Yergin is one of the most highly respected and influential authorities in the world on energy, international politics and economics. He received the Pulitzer for The Prize, which became a number one bestseller and was made into an eight-hour PBS/BBC series seen by millions of people around the world. He is chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the leading research and consulting firm in its field, and serves as CNBC's Global Energy Expert.

General Fields

  • : 9780241957776
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : October 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2012
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 333.79
  • : 820
  • : Daniel Yergin