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

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Penguin, Sep 20, 2011 - Business & Economics - 832 pages
This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change

A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them.

The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising  insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future.

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About the Author
Russia Returns
The Caspian Derb
Across the Caspian
The PetroState
Aggregate Disruption
PART FOUR Climate and Carbon
Glacial Change
The Age of Discovery
The Road to
Making a Market
On the Global Agenda
In Search of Consensus
PART FIVE New Energies

War in Iraq
The Demand Shock
Chinas Rise
China in the Fast Lane
Is the World Running Out of Oil?
The Security of Energy
Shifting Sands in the Persian Gulf
Gas on Water
The Natural Gas Revolution
PART THREE The Electric
Alternating Currents
The Nuclear Cycle
Breaking the Bargain
The Urgency of Fuel Choice
Rebirth of Renewables
Science Experiment
Alchemy of Shining Light
Mystery of Wind
The Fifth FuelEfficiency
Closing the Conservation
PART SIX Road to the Future
Internal Fire
The Great Electric Car Experiment

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DANIEL B. YERGIN is one of the most influential voices on energy in the world and a highly respected authority on international politics and economics. Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for The Prize, which became a number one bestseller. He received the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He is the chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. His other books include Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy; Russia 2010; and Shattered Peace.


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