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

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Allen Lane, 2011 - Alternatieve technologie / gtt - 804 pages
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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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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

The past and The present. Here he tells you how the world is and how it changes to get our engery.717 pages in six parts.The future is black.Power is essential but electricity must not fail. Its must flow to every corner of the world cheaply. A good book to belong to every home. Read full review

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User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

Great overview of the state of world politics, technology, supply and controversies of energy from fossel fuels, electricity, nuclear power, hydrofracking etc. Well written and easy to read. Provides good background on many current events. Highly recommend Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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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