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

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The Quest continues the riveting story Daniel Yergin began twenty years ago with his No.1 International Bestseller The Prize, revealing the on-going quest to meet the world's energy needs - and the power and riches that come with it. A master story teller as well as our most expert analyst, Yergin proves that energy is truly the engine of global political and economic chan ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 804 pages
Published 2011 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books
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This is something quite extraordinary.

A sprawling, epic story covering energy and its effects on policy, with characters and topics and events from the beginning of the industrial revolution to the death of Osama and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Covers oil, the petrostate, war, electricity, the computer age, climate change, the new carbon economy, renewable energy, and what is to be done in the future. And all this in a very lucid and readable style.

I would go so far as to say that the search
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, economics
This book is a very comprehensive treatment of all the issues related to energy. The book systematically describes the history, economics, development, transportation, security, and future of the main sources of energy; oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, electricity, renewable (wind, solar, hydroelectric, plant-based), and "conservation". The danger of greenhouse gas causing climate change is also described in detail. After reading this book, I finally understand why we keep hearing predictions th ...more
Mal Warwick
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Daniel Yergin’s Superb New Book: A Brilliant Survey of Energy Issues

Some two centuries ago a profound economic shift upset the traditional relations of East and West. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, Western Europe and the United States began to overtake the great civilizations of China and India, the planet's wealthiest and most sophisticated societies throughout most of recorded history.

Now those two centuries of increasing imbalance are coming to an end, the result of the combine
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2017
الكتاب ضخم يقع في 800 صفحة في نسخته الانجليزية
و أكثر من 1100 صفحة في نسخته العربية
وحوالي 30 ساعة في النسخة الصوتية

الكتاب يشمل تاريخ صناعة الطاقة ومصادرها وكيف تشكل الاقتصاد العالمي حولها
كيف تتأثر سياسات الدول العظمى تجاه بعضها بسبب اسعار النفط أو طرق التصدير
كما تطرق إلى موضوع الطاقة المتجددة والصعوبات التي توجهها لتحل محل مصادر الطاقة الاحفورية (الفحم، النفط، والغاز الطبيعي)

يتميز دانييل ييرغن بأسلوب سردي بديع وسلس ومبسط. لذلك نجح في جذب شريحة كبيرة من القراء حتى من غير المختصين بالنفط والاقتصاد

Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: energy
A bird's-eye survey of today's world of energy. Most of the discussion is centered on oil, which is Yergin's specialty. The world seems to have used up 1 trillion barrels of the stuff since the modern oil industry appeared in the late 19th century; there are 4 more to go. Much of the oil is hard to obtain: in Canada and Venezuela it is mixed with sand; off the shore of Brazil, it is under 2 kilometers of water and 5 kilometers of salt. Yet Yergin is dismissive of peak oil theorists: each decade, ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I understand it, the author was an academic who earned his Ph.D. in International Relations at Cambridge. Based on his academic work, he wrote a Pulitzer prize winning book titled 'The Prize' in 1990, which was about the global oil industry and its effect on global economics and politics. This book (The Quest) picks up where 'The Prize' left off. It also goes beyond oil to incorporate every other major and minor form of energy, both renewable and non-renewable. Tying all of that in to the evo ...more
Narrated by Robert Petkoff

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Publisher's Summary

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
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Broad and shallow where The Prize is narrow and deep, The Quest is at best a half-sequel to Yergin's epic history of the oil industry. It's a serviceable tour of the horizon over all the issues related to energy in the twenty-first century - oil, renewables, nuclear, electricity generation, conservation, climate change, etc. - and as a result is a less cohesive and ultimately less entertaining book than his earlier book. In The Prize, Yergin offers in-depth portraits of key players and detailed ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tour through the history of energy from oil, to natural gas, to nuclear, to climate change, and renewables. If you want an overview of global energy, how it works, and where it might be headed this is a good read. It is not sensational and does not demonize any one method of approaching energy but clearly lays out the pros and cons of each method and the history leading up to their development and integration.
reynaldo guerra
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Timely book that describes the current energy market/technology/political trends opportunities and obstacles, and where they might lead. Anybody interested or working in energy should read this.
Carson Stones
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one can doubt Daniel Yergin’s ability to bring together seemingly disparate phenomena in order to create sweeping narratives. In the case of the Quest, readers can’t help but compare it to its Pulitzer Prize winning predecessor, the Prize, and in that comparison it falls short for two reasons: First, Yergin’s strong suit is oil and gas, which becomes apparent in the final sections of the Quest. Second, and perhaps this happens to all award winning authors who loom so large in their field, but ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economie
The sequel of "The Prize", which focuses on the history of oil. The author deals in "The Quest" with the short period about oil that was left uncovered in the "The Prize", starting from the second Gulf War (invasion of Kuwait). In the meanwhile, oil has further dominated world politics: Chavez, Saddam Hussein, Nigeria and Iran. Next to that, the oil industry got involved in several mergers & acquisitions: Conocco Phillips, BP Amoco, Exxon Mobil and Total Elf to name a few.

Contrary to Fukuyam
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yergin's description of the history of modern energy and its effects on the global economy and politics was surprisingly easy to read and quite enjoyable. It's a bit long--don't read it if you're unwilling to spend some time looking at the oil politics and various warscrises of the Middle East and the former USSR. Personally I found all of that history very helpful. While I knew that oil drives a lot of international politics I never knew just how much, or really how important it is to the gover ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readable, extensive coverage of the subject. A few things really struck me that I came away with:
- It was revealing to read about how everyone can get it wrong. The chapter detailing the speculation around the permanence of high oil prices, hopefully, will be an enduring lesson to me to be mindful that consensus opinion can get caught up disastrously in a mistaken confirmation loop.
- Made me feel really admiringly towards those in the sciences and in industry working to find the answers to our e
Energy debates in the U.S. public policy are focused around independence and oil. Yergin details the development, production, history and economics of the various energy resources that are used right now and the potential of those in development.

Why I started this book: It's been on the Army's recommended reading list for a while and I found an audio copy.

Why I finished it: Exhaustively researched, I was amazed to learn that this is the 5th time that we have been at the brink of running out of o
Sep 27, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition - review from nytimes
Paulo Goncalves
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastico, !! cobre o desenvolvimento historico do uso do petroleo , da energia eletrica e chega aos dias de hoje com energia eolica, solar e etanol
Antonio Nunez
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book to read for a primer on the energy question. It reviews the status of both conventional (oil, gas, coal) and unconventional (nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass) as well. The brief of the book is so huge that it sometimes seems unfocused as the author jumps between geographies, industries and chronology. But he gives an excellent composite picture of what the future of energy will be like. We probably won't run out of energy anytime soon. Shale gas, fracking and offshore a ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'll say it was a good book, very comprehensive and wide-ranging (something like 717 pages). It covered everything from picking up on oil-industry politics where The Prize left off (1992 - the present), a big focus on the history of climate change science and policies around it, and the history and prospects for renewable energies. It was not as focused as The Prize, though I can see that being difficult as The Prize was a straight history covering a specific topic: oil, where is this was more b
Nandini Goel
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Quest" by "Daniel Yergin" provides an elaborate outlook of how the modern world has developed around their energy needs and how the energy security and new methods of energy development are the need of the hour. Energy trade, today, traverses national borders and energy security is not just about countering the wide variety of existing threats, it is also about the relations among nations, how they interact with each other and how energy impacts their overall national security.

It is very i
Jaryd OBrasky
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A VERY long read, but each section can be read independently. A must read for anyone working in the energy / oil & has industry, or for anyone with an interest in the inner workings of macro economic energy policy and major events and trends which have shaped our current energy landscape. Daniel Yergins storytelling skills make this topic read like an addictive crime novel.

Some say you need to read his first book, The Prize, first. But I don't think this is the case. The Prize covers the ea
Glen Stott
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, history
It took me several months to read and digest this book. It is 685 pages of text and about 200 pages of back of the book stuff – notes, index, etc. Yergin digs through a mound of information regarding nearly every aspect related to energy. I was surprised at how thoroughly he covers the subject. He begins with fossil fuels, primarily oil and natural gas and includes a good deal of information about coal. He moves from there to electricity, and nuclear. His work includes the behind the scenes meet ...more
Tair Kuanyshev
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the second book of Daniel Yergin (first was The Prize). At the beginning, you feel like you just continue to read a history of oil from 90's, but then it turns to worldwide energy types history. It is really interesting how coal, renewables and other types of energy become important to our lives. But for me, I felt like losing tempo and interest. The style of broad explanations of how energy impacts and changes historical moments is a style of the author and remains there. There are a lot ...more
Jayaram Anandha
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written book. I am now a big fan of yergin’s writing style. It’s not easy to keep the reader interested to a non-fictional work for more than 700 pages. He is successful by far. Master of energy storytelling. However, you can expect the glorification of “American” institutions & perceptions and putting it above all other nations throughout the work. Little reading of Noam Chomsky’s Work about Americana imperialism can help to balance yergin’s views. It helped me. Otherwise you will fa ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learning more about energy policies have never been so fun as Yergin makes it feel like ! My favorite segment is birth and transmission of electricity. I was surprised to realize Edison may be the inventer but we owe huge thanks to Insull who is rather frowned upon than celebrated...
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. It talks about energy and it’s impact on the world from different aspects
Jerry Boland
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
exellent modern history; one of the best
Guilherme Lima
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A conclusão, por si só, já valeria o livro. Adicione 700 páginas. Voilà.
Isaac Allred
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for foreign affairs, energy policy, and new technology.
Alex Kondrashin
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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