The Quest by Daniel Yergin
Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

59%

14 Critic Reviews

This is a balanced though somewhat dry survey of a vital issue.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them.

The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising  insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future.
 

About Daniel Yergin

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DANIEL YERGIN is one of the most influential voices on energy in the world and a highly respected authority on international politics and economics. He received the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for The Prize, which became a number one bestseller and was made into a PBS/BBC series seen by twenty million people in the United States. He is the chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He serves as CNBC's global energy expert.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Penguin Books. 832 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Children's Books, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Quest
All: 14 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 15 2011

Capably ranging from science to history to politics, Yergin serves up a highly readable, sometimes sobering view of what the near future will look like...

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Guardian

Above average
on Nov 06 2012

This is a balanced though somewhat dry survey of a vital issue.

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Guardian

Above average
on Oct 16 2011

While this ringside seat is often an advantage, The Quest sometimes reads like the authorised biography of the oil industry.

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WSJ online

Excellent
on Sep 20 2011

He tells a sprawling story richly textured with original material, quirky details and amusing anecdotes.

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Financial Times

Below average
on Sep 16 2011

...his views on all of these points can be challenged, and no doubt will be...

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LA Times

Below average
on Sep 25 2011

Yergin's views on other issues have not evolved as much. He contends that the potential of conservation is still too widely overlooked...

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The Telegraph

Below average
on Oct 25 2011

Yergin covers all these topics, but the result lacks the narrative power of his earlier work.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
on Sep 21 2011

There is little that is actually ground-breaking in “The Quest”...

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Dallas News

Good
on Oct 07 2011

Yergin provides understandable descriptions of the constantly evolving policies and tools related to energy use.

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The Seattle Times

Below average
on Oct 14 2011

It's not...always the most compelling reading: There are stretches, particularly in the first couple hundred pages, that read like fleshed-out PowerPoint slides or lecture notes.

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USA Today

Good
on Sep 18 2011

...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.

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Reviews in History

Above average

To discuss the importance of bottlenecks such as the Straits of Hormuz or the Malacca Strait without an accompanying map seems somewhat perverse.

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Mother Nature Network

Good
on Sep 20 2011

"The Quest" roams far from Yergin's traditional focus on black gold. With an eye toward the future, he examines the mixture of energy resources that will be necessary to power the growing population and economy.

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Energy Bulletin

Below average
on Sep 26 2011

...I’m trying to figure out where Yergin is getting his numbers, and whether they’re credible. With the inconsistencies I’ve found...I think anyone should be careful about taking Yergin’s figures at face value.

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