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The Quest by Daniel Yergin
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Jul 01, 2011

it was amazing
Read from July 01 to 17, 2011

Possibly nobody in the world knows more about the staggering geopolitical complexities of global energy than Yergin. His celebrated prior, 1992 work on the subject, The Prize, won a Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a documentary television series. The world today is vastly different, though, and there is currently a need for just such a book as this new one, which has equal sweep, depth, and narrative power as its predecessor. There are five parts, which examine: the rise and fall of “petro” states; the future of electrical power; global climate change; renewable and sustainable energy sources; and alternative fuels. The exhaustive primary sources include original research and technical reports, government reports and hearings, and numerous person-to-person interviews. The Quest immediately distinguishes itself as the leader in a somewhat crowded field of recent energy books (including Crude World by Peter Maas and Oil by Tom Bower). Yergin’s much-anticipated sequel is an essential purchase for any library serving adult readers. Gregg Sapp.

For a comparative review of several books on U.S. Energy policy, see my recent article

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