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The Quest by Daniel Yergin
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Oct 24, 2011

really liked it

A sweeping assessment of the present energy landscape. It's a great summary in one place of many different issues, but given the scope, careful readers will want to dig deeper to get the full story on many of them. For example, the first section on petrostates covers inter alia Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakistan, Iraq, Venezuela and China mainly since the 1990s. Lots of useful details uncovered, such as Putin's doctoral studies at the St Petersburg Mining Institute leading to his 1999 article arguing that oil and gas resources were central to Russia's recovery, and needed to be under the aegis of the state. But the Russian account leaves out the role of foreign advisors in promoting privatization models more for ideological reasons than as a result of careful consideration of local needs and constraints.

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