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

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,294 ratings  ·  323 reviews
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 competin ...more
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Published September 20th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sarah Yes, absolutely. I also haven't read The Prize, but I found The Quest a very accessible (and valuable) read.
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Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics, nonfiction
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
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
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
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A massive overarching summary of the history of everything energy related. Seriously, it covers an absolutely enormous amount. It was published in 2011, and renewables have changed so quickly since then that some parts are already badly out of date, and the Chinese obsession with coal has reduced slightly since it was published also (although it's largely been transferred to developing countries by Chinese companies instead).

Fascinating, although it covered a lot of ground of things I already kn
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: climate, politics
Everything you could ever want to know about how energy affected the success and failure, and growth, in various countries and the globe at large (How did Russia become a superpower in energy/oil supply; how did that affect the power dynamics in other countries) as well as what are the consequences of different energy sources. Conflicts over how useful energy is v. how harmful its waste products are (think about pollution in Beijing-- the place that other countries outsource their jobs to in ord ...more
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

29 hrs and 31 mins

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
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is vast- in the sense of both the timeline where the narrative is set and the breadth of topics covered. It really gives a feeling of what it takes to run the world. The author is a great storyteller. There were only one or two instances where I felt a little drag in the writing, which is actually great considering the size of the book.

There was so much to learn and some of the stories of the people and institutions involved in "the quest" are downright fascinating-the chapters on Chi
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.
Tycho Toothaker
Very informative, comprehensive view of energy and the challenges facing various industries. A bit verbose at times, but still a good overview.
reynaldo guerra
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fundamental Information

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
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
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought was The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power an awesome book, the story of the greatest game in human civilization, a Darwinian struggle for energy mastery whose outcomes determine the rise and fall of nations and empires, and where fortunes are won and lost in an instant. This book takes up from where the Prize ended, and it shows a more open approach to meeting the world energy needs for the 21st century, a world where where whole new avenues of energy are available, from ...more
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
This is a monumental tour of the economical, political and technical history of energy and oil. Daniel Yergin is one of the world’s premier energy policy experts. After being a lecturer at Harvard he in 1984 co-founded Cambridge Energy Research Associates that in 2004 was acquired by IHS, of which he’s now Vice Chairman. His 1991 bestseller The Price: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power was turned into a TV-series seen by more than 20 million viewers. The Quest is in many ways a sequel to Th ...more
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
Nadim Karmoussa
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
كتاب "المسعى" لدايننال يرغن

كان الكاتب الأمريكي دايننال يرغن قد أصدر سنة 1991 كتابه "الجائزة" (The Prize) ونال به شهرة كبيرة وأكد مكانته كأفضل مؤرخ للنفط من نواحيه الإقتصادية والجيوستراتيجية. وقد روى الكتاب، الذي تحول أيضا إلى وثائقي شهير، تاريخ أول إكتشافات للنفط وكيف غير حياة البشر وأصبح أهم سلعة تتنافس عليها الدول في القرن العشرين. كتاب "المسعى" (The Quest) صدر سنة 2011 ويحاول أن يكون تكملة للكتاب "الجائزة".

يبدأ يرغن حيث توقف في كتاب "الجائزة" من حرب تحرير الكويت. ثم يسرد مجموعة الأحداث التي ت
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
Aug 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I imagine this book sitting on the shelf of Tom Clancy's writing team. Great reference for anyone writing about oil, war, international politics -- anyone who wants some info but doesn't want to challenge the system. Yergin is into facts, sort of. For example, after describing the horrific 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico Yergin adds that it wasn't as bad as people thought it would because it turns out there are these bacteria out there that digest oil. ??? And one ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book an extremely valuable read, even though a few years have passed since its publication, and the energy market has changed a lot since. It still holds up. Highly recommended, both to laypersons, and to people in the industry who are seeking a perspective that encompasses the whole market and its history.

At first I suspected the author of being a blind fan of unregulated capitalism, whose like sprout up so often in economic and entrepreneurial circles. However, by the middle of th
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-world-geral
Amplo overview do tema: energia no mundo atual

Quanta informação!!!
O autor fala da exploração e expansão de fontes tradicionais, como carvão, petróleo (conventional x unconventional), gás (conventional x unconventional) e nuclear (uma das partes mais interessantes) + energias renováveis como biocombustíveis, nitrogênio, eólica, solar e o desenvolvimento das baterias.

Não esquece ainda da questão geopolítica internacional, nacional e regional. Casos recentes envolvendo mega empresas, como a Exxon-M
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
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“A lesson in bringing about true changes of mind and heart comes from a Japanese functionary. By day, he crunched numbers that showed his country was approaching imminent energy crisis and helped to craft policy. By night, he weaved a novel in which a bureaucrat-hero helps see the country through to new energy sources. When the crisis came faster than he expected, he actually put the novel away because he did not want to make the burden of his countrymen worse. When the short-term crisis passed, he published his novel. It's phenomenal and well-timed success fueled the vision that inspired difficult change and maintained a sense of urgency.” 4 likes
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