“This fascinating saga is the definitive book on the most important of global issues, the quest for sustainable sources of energy. Dan Yergin, the preeminent energy expert of our times, weaves together security and environmental concerns to explain the system we have today and to analyze the sensible paths forward. This is one book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life.”
—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs; president and CEO of The Aspen Institute
“The Quest, by Daniel Yergin, one of the world’s most experienced and influential authorities on global energy, may well become the definitive work on the science, history and economics of this most complex and important subject. This masterful and illuminating book on one of the most vital issues of our time, one that will powerfully influence international politics, economics and nations world-wide, should be essential reading for policy-makers everywhere.”
—Dr. Henry Kissinger
“The Quest superbly captures the great questions of energy and security that face our nation in this risky world. Daniel Yergin identifies the key issues, demonstrates their urgency, and lays out the choices. He does so with such deep expertise and with such vivid narrative writing as to make this book both important and compelling. It can help us see our way to a safer and sounder energy future.”
—Senator Richard Lugar, ranking member and former chairman, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“In the magisterial style of his earlier global narrative of energy politics, The Prize, Daniel Yergin has again delivered a sweeping, authoritative account of the science, economics, and geopolitics of energy. His writing, as ever, is clear and intelligent, and his subject could hardly be timelier.”
—Steve Coll, author of The Bin Ladens and Ghost Wars; president, New America Foundation
“Written by America’s preeminent energy expert, The Quest is a must read for anyone wanting to understand our energy world, how climate change became part of the energy equation—and how we can chart a path forward.”
—Fred Krupp, president, Environmental Defense Fund
“This is a profound, unique, and brilliantly written book about some of the most important issues of our times.”
—Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation
“The search for sufficient, clean energy represents the defining challenge of this generation. Daniel Yergin has masterfully connected the forces of economics and geopolitics with the complex science of energy production and climate change. The Quest provides a lucid guide through the forest of issues that stands between us and a sustainable energy future.”
—Susan Hockfield, president, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Planet Money Podcast
Daniel Yergin Examines America’s ‘Quest” for Energy
The Financial Times
FT & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award
[The Quest] is published this month and takes the energy story forward into the 21st century, asking how renewables, climate change and geopolitical conflict over resources will play out.
[J]udge, Vindi Banga, a partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the private equity firm, called the book “hugely important”. It was about a world where business “has to make some big choices, with long lead times, and large capital investment”.
The Wall Street Journal
“There Will Be Oil” by Daniel Yergin
For decades, advocates of ‘peak oil’ have been predicting a crisis in energy supplies. They’ve been wrong at every turn, says Daniel Yergin
Excerpt from The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World
Christian Science Monitor
Fall books: 20 nonfiction titles you don’t want to miss
#2 THE QUEST: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin (Penguin, 816 pp.)
Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin takes a fresh look at the role energy plays in global politics, economic development, and climate change. (September)
The New York Times
“The Pursuit of Energy and Visions of a Post-Oil Age”
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 Financial Times
“All About Oil”
Daniel Yergin’s guide to the essentials of energy in the 21st century is another triumph…It is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the 21st century. In Yergin’s lucid, easy prose…there are some vivid character sketches…There are also many wonderfully revealing observations and anecdotes… Above all, the value of The Quest is in the clarity and fair mindedness of thought.
“The Prize” has acquired totemic status among those who work in and follow the energy industry. New reporters starting out on the beat are given copies by their seasoned colleagues, like infantryman being presented with Bibles before going to the front…The Quest…is sure to be every bit as valuable.
“The Power of Infinity”
“The Quest” is a masterly piece of work and, as a comprehensive guide to the world’s great energy needs an dilemmas, it will be hard to beat…Mr. Yergin’s previous book, “The Prize”…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 endeavor.”
Christian Science Monitor
“[The Quest] is powerful stuff.”
The New York Times
“At the influential TED conference last year, Bill Gates declared that if he were allowed one wish to improve humanity’s lot over the next 50 years, he would choose an “energy miracle”: a new technology that produced energy at half the price of coal with no carbon dioxide emissions. He explained that he’d rather have this wish than a new vaccine or medicine or even choose the next several American presidents. To help understand the reasoning behind Gates’s thinking, one should read Daniel Yergin’s intelligent new opus, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.”
Jack Covert Selects
For almost thirty years, I have made a living telling people about business books that are important. There are nearly 11,000 business books published each year, so this job requires me to make quick judgments based on those years of experience. Because of the number of books that cross my desk, I really gravitate to shorter books. So it is extraordinary for me to read—no, devour—a 700+ page book cover to cover. The book is The Quest; Energy, Security, and the remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin, and it is a masterpiece.
Required Readings on U.S. Energy Policy 101
The Big Picture
Possibly nobody in the world knows more about the staggering geopolitical complexities of global energy than Daniel Yergin, whose new book is The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (Penguin, 2011). His celebrated prior, 1992 work on the subject, The Prize, won a Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a documentary television series. This updated work acknowledges that the world today is vastly different, and he attempts to examine its energy policy issues with equal sweep, depth, and narrative power as its predecessor. There are five parts, which examine: the rise and fall of “petro” states; the future of electrical power; global climate change; renewable and sustainable energy sources; and alternative fuels.
From Barnes & Noble
Daniel Yergin’s 800-page book The Prize; The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. In the nearly two decades since then, readers have eagerly anticipated his follow-up to this ongoing story. The Quest doesn’t disappoint. This equally mammoth book describes the central role that energy plays in global politics, economic development, and climate change. In a story that extends from burgeoning Chinese cities to remote Saudi oil fields to closed Washington boardrooms, the man generally regarded as America’s preeminent energy expert reveals the continuing struggle for the world’s most precious resource. One early reader called The Quest “a profound, unique, and brilliantly written book about some of the most important issues of our times.
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