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A USA Today Best Book of 2020! 

Named Energy Writer of the Year for The New Map by the American Energy Society

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and global energy expert Daniel Yergin offers a revelatory new account of how energy revolutions, climate battles, and geopolitics are mapping our future.

The world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations in a time of global crisis. The "shale revolution" in oil and gas - made possible by fracking technology, but not without controversy - has transformed the American economy, ending the "era of shortage", but introducing a turbulent new era. Almost overnight, the United States has become the world's number one energy powerhouse - and, during the coronavirus crisis, brokered a tense truce between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Yet concern about energy's role in climate change is challenging our economy and way of life, accelerating a second energy revolution in the search for a low carbon future. All of this has been made starker and more urgent by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic dark age that it has wrought.

World politics is being upended, as a new cold war develops between the United States and China, and the rivalry grows more dangerous with Russia, which is pivoting east toward Beijing. Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping are converging both on energy and on challenging American leadership, as China projects its power and influence in all directions. The South China Sea, claimed by China and the world's most critical trade route, could become the arena where the United States and China directly collide. The map of the Middle East, which was laid down after World War I, is being challenged by jihadists, revolutionary Iran, ethnic and religious clashes, and restive populations. But the region has also been shocked by the two recent oil price collapses - one from the rise of shale, the other the coronavirus - and by the very question of oil's future in the rest of this century.

A master storyteller and global energy expert, Daniel Yergin takes the listener on an utterly riveting and timely journey across the world's new map. He illuminates the great energy and geopolitical questions in an era of rising political turbulence and points to the profound challenges that lie ahead.

©2020 Daniel Yergin (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Cal
  • 2021-01-17

Excellent Breakdown of History/Politics of Energy

Oil, EV, renewables, developed and developing countries. A history of global oil and it's political effect. An overview of where we are today and ideas on where we're headed. As someone looking for a realistic take on the current state of energy, not optimistic or pessimistic, this really ticks all the boxes. Also great writing and performance, I listened to the whole thing in less than 2 days- was great.

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Wow!

Up to date, highly informative's book on energy from shale gaz to electric cars. A page turner and a most read.

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  • 2020-09-18

Too many opinions and lacking facts.

The age old problem of having an opinion projecting a thesis and then finding and selecting information to back up your thesis.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-07

Oil & Gas Are Here to Stay

An extremely well-researched, well-analyzed, and well-done book by an industry insider providing a global perspective on the energy picture over the next 30 years.

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  • Glenbo
  • 2020-10-01

A must read balanced view on state of Energy!

excellent neutral and subjective analysis of geopolitical map and future of energy. Puts into perspective the possible consequences of top down clean energy at any cost. The challenges of developing economies to balance growth and pollution fairly explained A must read for anyone who wants a subjective, unbiased analysis of the state and future of energy and hence the future of nations

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  • KBB
  • 2020-09-29

Enlightening

Connecting all the dots past, present and future of the impact from energy. The people, organizations and politics involvement in shaping history. How government and religions have correlated their actions to energy. The facts supporting the historical accounts, the dates and timelines, the order of events leading to a clear dissertation one can understand if one has the interest to do so in calming the misunderstanding and misinformation concerning energies past, present and future. Yergin has picked up from the epic “The Prize” and delivered the update in a course that should be required as a citizen of this planet.

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  • Laurence
  • 2020-09-27

Exceptional and informed discussion of energy

An intelligent and interesting history of energy over the last 150 years and a realistic look forward over the next 50 years. Covers the political significance of oil and other forms of energy, the transition we are experiencing and the importance of energy, especially for the 2.5 billion people that do not have it today. Very interesting and well written. A must read if you want to discuss energy and climate change in a balanced and informed manner.

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  • mehmet KINACI
  • 2020-09-26

Future of Energy and politics

This is an excellent follow up analysis of energy in Quest addressing issues climate, future of energy and global politics. A comprehensive study of potential implications of COVID-19 that could help pundits of policy and strategy field.

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  • larry oneal lockwood
  • 2020-12-21

Excellent 2020 view of Geo political status

I have read Daniel Jurgens earlier book called The Quest… This is an excellent 2020 vision of the changes that have taken place in the last 15 years including how we got here and the impact of the coronavirus. anyone interested in the forces behind how the major world powers interact and why they act in a certain way has to read this book… There's no comparable document available to readers today.

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  • Jide Adeshiyan
  • 2020-12-15

Great Analysis

This is one of my best books in 2020. Love every bit of this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-02

An expansive and in depth look into the world that is worth the listen

This book is a great listen for anyone that is interested in energy and geopolitics. It also touches on other major technological trends and how they relate to the energy world. If you ever wanted to know the current state of energy and it’s interconnectedness with geopolitics (especially concerning Russia, China and the US) this is for you.

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  • James B. Kell
  • 2020-11-17

Excellent on gas but gets electric cars wildly wrong

Yergin is justified in being a legend in energy security. It has been updated to deal with the Covid-19 state of the world. His take on fossil fuels, and where they fit into the mix, is impressive. He is open minded to a renewable future. But his projections are at times wildly wrong. For example, ‘Heavy trucks, because of their weight, require the energy density of oil in order to propel their loads along the highway, although in China LNG is also being used.’ Yet Tesla’s semi when it is released in 2021/22 will be more powerful, faster, and much cheaper to run than diesels. Nevertheless this is a book worth reading if you are interested in energy security.