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The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power - Daniel Yergin

The Prize

The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power


Published: 1st December 2008
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Now with a new epilogue that speaks directly to the current energy crisis, The Prize recounts the panoramic history of the world's most important resource: oil.

Daniel Yergin's timeless book chronicles the struggle for wealth and power that has surrounded oil for decades and that continues to fuel global rivalries, shake the world economy, and transform the destiny of men and nations. This updated edition categorically proves the unwavering significance of oil throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first by tracing economic and political clashes over precious "black gold."

With his far-reaching insight and in-depth research, Yergin is uniquely positioned to address the present battle over energy, which undoubtedly ranks as one of the most vital issues of our time. The canvas of his narrative history is enormous -- from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, and now both the Iraq War and climate change. The definitive work on the subject of oil, The Prize is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement, and great value -- crucial to our understanding of world politics and the economy today -- and tomorrow.

About the Author

Daniel Yergin is an authority on energy and world affairs. Chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and executive vice president of IHS, he is global energy expert for the CNBC business news network. He received the Pulitzer Prize and the Eccles Prize for The Prize, which has been translated into thirteen languages and was made into a much-acclaimed PBS/BBC series. His other books include Commanding Heights : the Battle for the World Economy, about globalization and its challenges, and Shattered Peace, a classic history on the origins of the Cold War.



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Fascinating, Suspenseful History - Great


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written


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      This book opened my eyes to a whole invisible world I had never even thought about, yet which is integral to the whole world economy. Everyone should read this book. Even though it seems to cover a dry and huge topic, it is written like fiction with emphasis on personalities and why they did things and what the implications were. At the end of every chapter I found I wanted to read more. Very well referenced if you want to follow up any of the facts too.

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      "A masterly narrative..."The Prize" portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests, the conflicts and stratagems, the miscalculations, the follies, and the ironies." -- James Schlesinger, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Secretary of Energy

      ISBN: 9781439110126
      ISBN-10: 1439110123
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 908
      Published: 1st December 2008
      Publisher: Simon & Schuster
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 23.495 x 15.545  x 4.572
      Weight (kg): 1.157