By Daniel Yergin
A grasp storyteller in addition to a number one strength professional, Daniel Yergin maintains the riveting tale all started in his Pulitzer Prize–winning ebook, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin exhibits us how strength is an engine of world political and fiscal swap and clash, in a narrative that spans the energies on which our civilization has been outfitted and the hot energies which are competing to switch them.
The Quest tells the interior tales, tackles the cruel questions, and divulges fantastic insights approximately coal, electrical energy, and common gasoline. He explains how weather swap grew to become a very good factor and leads readers throughout the rebirth of renewable energies, power independence, and the go back of the electrical automobile. Epic in scope and not extra well timed, The Quest vividly finds the choices, applied sciences, and members which are shaping our destiny.
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