Pulitzer Prize Awardees for General Nonfiction


The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (1991)

Written by Daniel Yergin

Written by the author of Shattered Peace and Energy Future, this book brings to life the tycoons, wildcatters, monopolists, regulators, presidents, generals and sheiks whose struggle for oil has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, transformed the destiny of Britain and the world and profoundly changed all our lives.

Beginning with the first oil well of the 1850s and continuing up to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, it is a story of greed, gumption and ingenuity, all in pursuit of "the prize"—worldwide economic, military and political mastery through the control of oil. The book includes the story of Shell Oil, a company forged in defiance of the Standard Oil monopoly by an upstart London trader, using Rothchild connections, Russian oil and Dutch petroleum concession in the East Indies.

The central strategic role of oil in both world wars—from the decisive 4-knot-per-hour advantage of oil-burning ships in World War I to Rommel's stalled tank advance at El Alamein in War II (he literally ran out of petrol). The underground battle to wind the greatest prize of all—the Saudi oil concession. The inside story of the discovery of North Sea Oil and its crucial role in undermining the OPEC monopoly. This book won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. (Copyright © Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.)

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Daniel Yergin is respected around the world as a leading energy scholar and energy expert. A highly respected authority on international economics, globalization, politics and energy, Daniel Yergin shares with audiences unmatched insight into the world today. Compelling and informative, his presentations capture the issues, while grounding them in his audiences’ context. Yergin has served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board and has chaired the U.S. Department of Energy's Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. 

He received the Pulitzer Prize for The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 17 languages. Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award winning documentaries. The eight-hour miniseries The Prize was aired on PBS, BBC, and NHK and viewed by 20 million viewers in the United States alone. The 6-hour documentary Commanding Heights that Dr. Yergin produced received three Emmy nominations, and the New York Festivals Gold World Medal for best documentary.

He wrote Shattered Peace: The Origins of the Cold War and the National Security State (1977), The Dependence Dilemma (Harvard Studies in International Affairs 43): Gasoline Consumption and America's Security (1980), 1989 Fuels report hearing on the oil price forecast and scenario planning (CEC contract), The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (1990), The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (1991), Gasoline and the American People (1991), The Euro: Remaking Europe's Future: The New Europe poses enormous challenges — for the welfare state, for companies, and for political leaders (1998), and The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (2011).

He co-authored Energy Future: The Report of the Energy Project at the Harvard Business School (1979), Global Insecurity: A Strategy for Energy and Economic Renewal (1982), Russia 2010 : And What It Means for the World (1993), The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002), and Global Energy: Challenges and Priorities (2001).

Yergin has also written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and many other publications.


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