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The Quest


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Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, and Shattered Peace: The Origins of the Cold War, and coauthor of Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. He is vice chairman of IHS Markit, one of the leading information and research firms in the world, a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior trustee of the Brookings Institution, and has served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under the last four presidential administrations.


"Mr. Yergin is back with a sequel to The Prize. It is called The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, and, if anything, it's an even better book. It is searching, impartial and alarmingly up to date . . . The Quest will be necessary reading for C.E.O.'s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers, ambitious terrorists and many others . . . The Quest is encyclopedic in its ambitions; it resists easy synopsis." -Dwight Garner,
The New York Times

"A sprawling story richly textured with original material, quirky details and amusing anecdotes . . . The tale is generously sprinkled with facts debunking common misperceptions, and Mr. Yergin sagely analyzes how well the energy industry really works." -Wall Street Journal

"It is a cause for celebration that Yergin has returned with his perspective on a very different landscape . . . [I]t is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the 21st century. In Yergin's lucid, easy prose, the 800 pages flow freely . . . The Quest is . . . the definitive guide to how we got here." -The Financial Times

"An important book . . . a valuable primer on the basic issues that define energy today. Yergin is careful in his analysis and never polemical . . . Despite that, The Quest makes it clear that energy policy is not on the right course anywhere in the world and that everyone-on the left and the right, in the developed and the developing world-need to rethink strongly held positions." -Fareed Zakaria, New York Times Book Review

"Mr Yergin's previous book, The Prize, a history of the global oil industry, had the advantage of an epic tale and wondrous timing . . . The Quest, as its more open-ended title suggests, is a broader and more ambitious endeavour . . . The Quest is a masterly piece of work and, as a comprehensive guide to the world's great energy needs and dilemmas, it will be hard to beat." -The Economist

"The Quest is a book-a tour de force, really-that evaluates the alternatives to oil so broadly and deeply that the physical tome could double as a doorstop . . . It is best read slowly, perhaps one chapter per day maximum, if the goal is to actually absorb the rich detail and sometimes complicated workings described by Yergin." -USA Today

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