The Quest : Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
The Quest : Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World / Daniel Yergin. The Penguin Press, 804 p.
Penguin’s presentation :
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. ( © Penguin.ca)
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– Visions of an Age When Oil Isn’t King, New-York Times, 20/09/2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/books/the-quest-by-daniel-yergin-review.html
Daniel Yergin is America’s most influential energy pundit, and the book that put him on the map was “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power” (1991). It was a best seller, won a Pulitzer Prize and was tailored into a popular PBS mini-series. In the two decades since, Mr. Yergin, operating as a kind of one-man think tank, has had a virtual monopoly on the subject of energy and geopolitics. Such is his influence that one half expects his competitors to file antitrust litigation against him…
– Peak Oil Debunked / David Rotman, Technology Review, 22/09/2011 http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38654/
The timing of Daniel Yergin’s new book, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, could hardly be better. With oil prices remaining high, with new sources of natural gas and oil being exploited around the world, and with demand for energy expected to reach new highs over the next several decades, Yergin sets out to explain the history, economics, and politics behind the world’s continuing love affair with fossil fuels and show, too, just how hard it will be to end our dependence, given the earth’s surprising, and seemingly endless, ability to enable it…