The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

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Now with a new epilogue that speaks directly to the current energy crisis, "The Prize" recounts the panoramic history of the world's most important resource: oil. Daniel Yergin's timeless book chronicles the struggle for wealth and power that has surrounded oil for decades and that continues to fuel global rivalries, shake the world economy, and transform the destiny of men and nations. This updated edition categorically proves the unwavering significance of oil throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first by tracing economic and political clashes over precious "black gold." With his far-reaching insight and in-depth research, Yergin is uniquely positioned to address the present battle over energy, which undoubtedly ranks as one of the most vital issues of our time. The canvas of his narrative history is enormous -- from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, and now both the Iraq War and climate change. The definitive work on the subject of oil, "The Prize" is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement, and great value -- crucial to our understanding of world politics and the economy today -- and tomorrow. -- Back cover.

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User Review  - kukulaj - LibraryThing

This is an excellent survey of the history of petroleum from 1860 to 1990. It focuses on politics and economics. There is essential no science or engineering here. There is mention of seismic mapping ... Read full review

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User Review  - breic - LibraryThing

This is indeed an epic. In some ways, it is dated, e.g., spending too many pages on the 1990s and almost completely ignoring climate change—and this isn't the book's only blind spot. Yet the story is ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Daniel Yergin was born in Los Angeles on February 6, 1947. He received a B. A. from Yale University in 1968 and an M. A. and Ph. D. from Cambridge University. Yergin is the chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the vice chairman of the Global Decisions Group and has chaired the U. S. Department of Energy Task Force on the future of energy research. He is the author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, which won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and was made into a PBS/BBC series. His other published works include Shattered Peace: The Origins of the Cold War and the National Security State, The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.

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