The Prize — The Epic Prize money for Oil, Money, and Power. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power is Daniel Yergin’s history of the global petroleum industry from the 1850s through 1990. The Prize has been called the «definitive» history of the oil industry, even a «bible».

Written by one of the foremost U. The series is said to have been seen by 20 million people in the United States. The book is also available as an abridged audiobook, read by Bob Jamieson with a run time of 2 hours and 53 minutes. In 2011 Yergin’s The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World was published by Penguin Press.

The Quest is considered the sequel to The Prize. The name of the book is taken from a quote by Winston Churchill in 1912, when he was First Lord of the Admiralty, long before becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. To build any large additional number of oil-burning ships meant basing our naval supremacy upon oil. But oil was not found in appreciable quantities in our islands. If we required it we must carry it by sea in peace or war from distant countries. We had, on the other hand, the finest supply of the best steam coal in the world, safe in our mines under our own land.

To commit the Navy irrevocably to oil was indeed to «take arms against a sea of troubles. MIT Communications Forum: «Beyond the Ivory Tower» Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. Gelb, «The Stuff That Makes the World Go Round». The New York Times, December 9, 1990.

The 1992 Pulitzer Prize Winner in General Nonfiction: The Prize, by Daniel Yergin». Matthew Yeomans, Oil: Anatomy of an Industry. Booknotes interview with Yergin on The Prize Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine. On Human Nature by Edward O. Is There No Place on Earth for Me?