Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A masterly narrative...andlt;iandgt;The Prizeandlt;/iandgt; 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
"Splendid and epic history of oil.... The story is brilliantly told...with its remarkable cast of characters." -- andlt;iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt;
"Impassioned and riveting...only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains." -- andlt;iandgt;San Francisco Examinerandlt;/iandgt;
"Spellbinding...irresistible...monumental...must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history." -- andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;
Pulitzer Prize Winner -- and Now an Epic PBS Series
The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil -- and the struggle for wealth power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the twentieth century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of this history is enormous -- from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm.
The cast extends from wildcatters and rogues to oil tycoons, and from Winston Churchill and Ibn Saud to George Bush and Saddam Hussein. The definitive work on the subject of oil and a major contribution to understanding our century, The Prize is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement -- and great importance.
Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by andlt;iandgt;Business Week andlt;/iandgt;and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yerginand#8217;s Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.
About the Author
Daniel Yergin, chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and the Global Energy Expert for the CNBC business news network, is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for the number one bestseller andlt;iandgt;The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money andamp; Powerandlt;/iandgt;, which was also made into an eight-hour PBS/BBC series seen by 20 million people in the United States. The book has been translated into 12 languages. It also received the Eccles Prize for best book on an economic subject for a general audience.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Of Dr. Yerginand#8217;s subsequent book, andlt;iandgt;Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economyandlt;/iandgt;, theandlt;iandgt; Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt; said: and#8220;No one could ask for a better account of the worldand#8217;s political and economic destiny since World War II.and#8221; This book has been translated into 13 languages and Dr. Yergin led the team that turned it into a six-hour PBS/BBC documentary and#8212; the major PBS television series on globalization.andnbsp; The series received three Emmy nominations, a CINE Golden Eagle Award and the New York Festivaland#8217;s Gold World Medal for best documentary. Dr. Yerginand#8217;s other books include andlt;iandgt;Shattered Peace, andlt;/iandgt;an award-winning history of the origins of the Cold War, andlt;iandgt;Russia 2010 and What It Means for the Worldandlt;/iandgt;andlt;bandgt; andlt;/bandgt;(with Thane Gustafson), and andlt;iandgt;Energy Future: The Report of the Energy Project at the Harvard Business School, andlt;/iandgt;which he edited with Robert Stobaugh.