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The Quest by Daniel Yergin
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Oct 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: from-planetmoney
Read from October 10 to 23, 2012 — I own a copy

(5.0) Comprehensive

That kind of sums it up. Very ambitious treatment of the history of energy in the last couple of centuries. How it shapes and is shaped by global politics, climate change, war etc. Definitely learned a lot about how we got where we are today.

I did wish Yergin took climate change and environmental concerns a little more seriously. They seemed to be treated more like a prevailing political wind than fundamental concerns and forces that will eventually steer us away from exploiting all available fossil fuels. He's big on relating how much untapped energy lies buried in the earth, but doesn't spend too much time dwelling on whether we should actually burn it all.

I'm definitely reading The Prize.

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