Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
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What We're Saying
Over the course of this week, we will be introducing, by category, the candidates for the 2011 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Even though only one of the candidates can win the big prize, good business books deserve an audience, and perhaps one on this list will be the winning book. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Understandably (looking at the award sponsors), the FT/Goldman Sachs Book Award always tends more toward macroeconomics, high finance and big business. But they always seem to pick well, and I always find books I feel the need to revisit when they announce their list. Just in case you missed the announcement of the the award's longlist as I did, it is: Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar, Simon & Schuster No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone by Tom Bower, Faber & Faber Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit V. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The time has come! Drum roll, please. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION
I read something in the industry newsletter Shelf Awareness recently that took me aback. It was from an interview Philip Roth did with Jan Dalley of the Financial Times. The conversation I’d longed to have with him since I first read him many decades ago, a conversation about fiction itself, died an early death. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Posting the strategy + business list before the Thanksgiving break reminded me that we haven't seen quite as many "best of 2011" business lists at this point of year as we have in years past. Beside the Goldman Sachs/FT award and s+b's list, The only two I've seen have come from booksellers—Amazon and Hudson. Amazon's Best Books of 2011 were announced earlier this month. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The shortlist for the seventh Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Book of the Year has been released. It includes: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Public Affairs Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar by Barry Eichengreen, Oxford University Press Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier by Edward L. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin, The Penguin Press, 816 Pages, $37. 95, Hardcover, September 2011, ISBN 9781594202834 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. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
From the Publisher:
This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer Prize- winning "The Prize" provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change.
Renowned energy authority Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Prize," in this gripping account of the quest for the energy the world needs-and the power and riches that come with it. A master storyteller as well as one of the world's great experts, Yergin proves that energy is truly the engine of global political and economic change, as well as central to the battle over climate change. 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.
One of our great narrative writers, Yergin tells the inside stories-of the oil market, the rise of the "petrostate," the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the massive corporate mergers that transformed the oil landscape. 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 investigates the "rebirth of renewables"-biofuels and wind-as well as solar energy, which venture capitalists are betting will be "the next big thing" for meeting the needs of a growing world economy. 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. It is an extraordinary achievement from an author who is truly one of our nation's great resources.