Book Review No. 3 for 2013 is Daniel Yergin's The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. He begins with the opening of Desert Storm and ends with global economic development and climate change. In between, though, are references to all sorts of developments in oil exploration, nuclear physics, the global warming hypothesis, and all manner of other stuff that is likely to appeal to energy policy wonks of various stripes. There are distractingly many typographical errors, and the serious reader ought refer to the sources, and cross-reference the citations, favorable and unfavorable, to those sources in the academic and policy journals. But as a way of getting started on the deeper learning, there are worse ways to start than with this book.
(Cross-posted to Fifty Book Challenge.)