Start your review of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power Write a review Shelves: history I bought Daniel Yergins The Prize during one of my semi-regular fits of intellectual hunger, which often strike after Ive read five straight books about Nazi henchman and zero books about anything relevant to todays world. After the purchase, I put it on the shelf. And there it sat, for a long, long time. It is, after all, a tremendously big tome about oil; it does not scream out to be consumed or embraced or loved. For a long time it just sat there, on my shelf, laughing at me.
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He posits a number of fascinating scenarios, illustrating the risks of global competition in the energy sector but also his vision of a safer world where nations collaborate through mutual interest. With much of the global power struggle for the last two centuries being focused around the control of energy supply, the effect new developments in this sphere have on the geopolitical landscape is of paramount concern to us all.
Daniel Yergin addresses these questions engagingly, thought provokingly and with his unique intellectual insight. He examines the consequences of the war on terrorism, the new technological forces in our midst and gives his verdict as to the likely shifts in economic and political power we will see in coming years.
Anyone concerned with the future of the world economy, or indeed simply the future of the world, needs to hear Daniel speak. How will the world change? Daniel Yergin draws on innovative, original scenarios to explore how great changes — in international politics, global economy, technology and the environment — will shape our future. What will it mean for world energy and political power if Asia overtakes North America to become the biggest part of the world economy? Could oil lose its monopoly position in fueling our cars?
What would that mean for world politics? Yergin dynamically addresses the trends that will shape the world and drive us into the future, outlines the conflicting choices and visions for the world economy and addresses what the great battle over globalization is all about.
He also identifies key risks and opportunities, and describes the path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come together—and the encouraging signposts along the way. Is the world really running out of oil? Will wind, ethanol and other renewable resources fill the gap?
How will the energy needs of a growing world match up with rising concerns about carbon and climate change? Daniel Yergin is uniquely qualified to tackle these critical questions.
He combines in-depth thought and analysis and up-to-the-minute insight with the clarity and personal energy of a great communicator. Balances of power have been constantly shifting, resulting in new alliances. The U. The technological forces shaping our future have led to critical debates about what it means to live in the "hour interconnected, hyperactive, e-mail-fueled, and sleep-deprived world.
And worries about energy security are now a political fact in the United States and Europe, amplified by climate change. Have You Seen this Speaker? Leave a Star Rating. Your email address will not be published. This field not required to submit a star rating. From the jammed streets of Beijing, the shores of the Caspian Sea, and the conflicts in the Mideast, to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us inside the decisions and choices that are shaping our future.
Without understanding the realities of energy examined in The Quest, we may surrender our place at the helm of history. He shows how the drama of oil—the struggle for access to it, the battle for control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of its use, its impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate it—will continue to shape our world. He takes on the toughest questions — will we run out of oil, and are China and the United States destined to conflict over oil?
Yergin also reveals the surprising and turbulent history of nuclear, coal, electricity, and natural gas. He makes clear why understanding this greening landscape and its future role are crucial. Yergin further brings climate change into unique perspective by offering an original and unprecedented history of how the issue went from concerning a handful of scientists, terrified of a new Ice Age, to one of the overarching issues of our times.
The Quest presents an extraordinary range of characters and a panorama of dramatic stories that illustrate the principles that will shape a robust and flexible energy security system for the decades to come. Order Here The Commanding Heights : The Battle for the World Economy The Pulitzer Prize-wimming author of The Prize joins a leading expert on the global economy to present an incisive narrative of the risks and opportunities that are emerging as the balance of power shifts around the world between governments and markets — and the battle over globalization comes front and center.
The Prize is often cited as essential background reading for students of the history of petroleum. Joseph R. Rudolph Jr. The series is said to have been seen by 20 million people in the United States. The book is also available as an abridged audiobook , read by Bob Jamieson with a run time of 2 hours and 53 minutes. The Quest is considered the sequel to The Prize. Origin of the title[ edit ] The name of the book is taken from a quote by Winston Churchill in , when he was First Lord of the Admiralty , long before becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
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