Daniel Yergin, with co-author Joseph Stanislaw, presents an incisive narrative of risks and opportunities that emerge as the balance of power shifts around the world between governments and markets—and the battle over globalization comes front and center. A visionary book, that gives context to the modern era of globalization and world markets. The Commanding Heights is vital for understanding the struggle over the “new rules of the game” for the twenty-first century – and how they came about.
“No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.”— The Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating tale…a book that certainly needed to be written.”— The Economist
“No other book describes so thoroughly the scope of the world’s economic transformation over the last half century.”— Foreign Affairs
“The Commanding Heights’ breadth and depth of coverage are extraordinary, its readability is irresistible, and its educational importance cannot be overestimated. This may sound like an advertisement but it is, in fact, a review. It has been a long time since I have read a book in which intelligence and readability were so felicitously mixed.”— Robert Heilbroner, Los Angeles Times
“Brilliantly successful...a colorful and even suspenseful story of how the world has been transformed over the last half century”— New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating tale…in every way, the book is very well done”— The Economist
“The crowning achievement of The Commanding Heights is that it illuminates today’s profound changes through the great sweep of history”— Valery Giscard d’Estaing, former president of France
The Washington Post described the six-hour PBS/BBC television series of Commanding Heights as “stunningly ambitious, brilliantly successful”. Daniel Yergin was both executive producer of the series and main on-air narrator.
View the television series of Commanding Heights at www.pbs.org/commandingheights