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

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

Daniel Yergin / Jun 19, 2019

The Quest Energy Security and the Remaking of the Modern World Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year In this gripping account of the quest for the energy that our world needs Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in

  • Title: The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
  • Author: Daniel Yergin
  • ISBN: 9781594202834
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year 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 cSelected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year 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 them From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.The drama of oil the struggle for access, the battle for control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of use, its impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate it continues to profoundly affect our world Yergin tells the inside stories of the oil market and the surge in oil prices, the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the massive mergers that transformed the landscape of world oil He tackles the toughest questions Will we run out of oil Are China and the United States destined to come into conflict over oil How will a turbulent Middle East affect the future of oil supply Yergin also reveals the surprising and sometimes tumultuous history of nuclear and coal, electricity, and the shale gale of natural gas, and how each fits into the larger marketplace He brings climate change into unique perspective by offering an unprecedented history of how the field of climate study went from the concern of a handful of nineteenth century scientists preoccupied with a new Ice Age into one of the most significant issues of our times.He leads us through the rebirth of renewable energies and explores the distinctive stories of wind, solar, and biofuels He offers a perspective on the return of the electric car, which some are betting will be necessary for a growing global economy.The Quest presents an extraordinary range of characters and dramatic stories that illustrate the principles that will shape a robust and flexible energy security system for the decades to come Energy is humbling in its scope, but our future requires that we deeply understand this global quest that is truly reshaping our world.

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        Daniel Yergin is the author of the new bestseller The Quest Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World which has been hailed as a fascinating saga about the quest for sustainable resources of energy, and the book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life, not to mention necessary reading for C.E.O s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers and many others He received the Pulitzer Prize for The Prize the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 17 languages.Dr Yergin is Vice Chairman of IHS and Founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and serves as CNBC s Global Energy Expert.Other books by Dr Yergin include Commanding Heights The Battle for the World Economy Dr Yergin has also written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and many other publications.Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award winning documentaries The eight hour miniseries The Prize was aired on PBS, BBC, and NHK and viewed by 20 million viewers in the United States alone The 6 hour documentary Commanding Heights that Dr Yergin produced received three Emmy nominations, and the New York Festivals Gold World Medal for best documentary.Dr Yergin serves on the U.S Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the US Department of Energy s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, on the Board of the New America Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative.Dr Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.


    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. Daniel Yergin’s Superb New Book: A Brilliant Survey of Energy IssuesSome 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 combi [...]

    4. الكتاب ضخم يقع في 800 صفحة في نسخته الانجليزيةو أكثر من 1100 صفحة في نسخته العربيةوحوالي 30 ساعة في النسخة الصوتيةالكتاب يشمل تاريخ صناعة الطاقة ومصادرها وكيف تشكل الاقتصاد العالمي حولهاكيف تتأثر سياسات الدول العظمى تجاه بعضها بسبب اسعار النفط أو طرق التصديركما تطرق إلى موضوع [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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, [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. Narrated by Robert Petkoff29 hrs and 31 minsPublisher's SummaryIn 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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.

    12. Fundamental InformationTimely 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.

    13. 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 fiel [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. Fantastico, !! cobre o desenvolvimento historico do uso do petroleo , da energia eletrica e chega aos dias de hoje com energia eolica, solar e etanol

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. "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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 me [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. Hard to categorize. Yergin takes us on a round-the-world tour of the history and current status of the petroleum business. It is a fascinating and mid-bogglingly large business full of personalities, intrigues and has had great effect on our current geo-political situation. If you are interested in the energy business - oil, natural gas, heavy oil - this is a great starting point.

    28. 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

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