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The Prize is Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer Prize winning historical work that traces the international struggle for oil in the last two centuries.
Summary Of The Book
Oil has been the single most important cause of international struggle for power in the twentieth century. More wars have been waged to achieve world oil domination than for any other reason. In The Prize, renowned energy expert Daniel Yergin charts the epic history of oil politics that has not only shaped the present face of world economy but will also dictate its fate in the twenty-first century.
The book traces the very beginning of this struggle in the 1850s when oil first came to prominence in the western world. It follows it all the way through the First and Second World Wars up till Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the ensuing Gulf War. The 800 page book is held as the definitive history of oil politics. It received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in its year of release. It has also been adapted to a well-received six hour made-for-television documentary series narrated by Donald Sutherland.
About Daniel Yergin
Daniel Yergin is a well-known American economic researcher and energy expert.
He has written a number of books on energy related issues including The Prize for which he received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. He has also written Gasoline And The American People, The Quest: Energy, Security, And The Remaking Of The Modern World, and The Dependence Dilemma (Harvard Studies in International Affairs 43): Gasoline Consumption and America's Security. He also writes frequently for leading news publications, including Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
Yergin was born in 1947 in Los Angeles, California. He did his B.A. from Yale University and completed his Ph.D. in International Relations from Cambridge University. He founded Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a consultancy specializing on issues related to energy, which was later acquired by IHS Inc. Yergin went on to become the Vice Chairman of IHS.