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Daniel Yergin

Datum narození: 6. únor 1947

Daniel Yergin je americký spisovatel a ekonom.


„Forrestal byl jeden z prvních významných politiků, který dospěl k závěru, že se Spojené státy musí připravit na vleklý zápas se Sovětským svazem. “

„A wise old owl lived in an oak, The more he saw the less he spoke, The less he spoke, the more he heard, Why aren’t we all like that old bird?“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power


„A lesson in bringing about true changes of mind and heart comes from a Japanese functionary. By day, he crunched numbers that showed his country was approaching imminent energy crisis and helped to craft policy. By night, he weaved a novel in which a bureaucrat-hero helps see the country through to new energy sources. When the crisis came faster than he expected, he actually put the novel away because he did not want to make the burden of his countrymen worse. When the short-term crisis passed, he published his novel. It's phenomenal and well-timed success fueled the vision that inspired difficult change and maintained a sense of urgency.“ The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

„Oil men, like producers of other raw materials, could not continue to sell their products below cost... For prices to be raised, production had to be controlled, and to bring production under control, Ickes began with an all-out campaign against the "hot oiler,"... This bootleg oil was secretly siphoned off from pipelines, hidden in camouflaged tanks that were covered with weeds, moved about both in an intrcate network of secret pipelines and by trucks, and then smuggled across state borders at night.“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„An important United Nations environmental conference went past 6:00 in the evening when the interpreters' contracted working conditions said they could leave. They left, abandoning the delegates unable to talk to each other in their native languages. The French head of the committee, who had insisted on speaking only in French throughout the week suddenly demonstrated the ability to speak excellent English with English-speaking delegates.“ The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

„A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„The author points to the impact of what he called Dutch disease, where the discovery of found wealth from a particular commodity causes a culture to atrophy with respect to work ethic and broader development. Continuing wealth from the single commodity is taken for granted. The government, flush with wealth, is expected to be generous. When the price of that commodity drops, a government which would remain in power dare not cut back on this generosity.“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„The Western world, he believed, was afflicted by the curse of short-term thinking, the inevitable result of democracy.“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power


„We have got to find a a new plan of attacking it. Something that will show clearly not only the magnitude of the industries and commercial developments, and the changes they have brought in various parts of the country, but something which will make clear the great principles by which industrial leaders are combining and controlling these resources.“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„The battlefields of World War I established the importance of petroleum as an element of national power when the internal combustion machine overtook the horse and the coal-powered locomotive.“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„As in the 1960s, oil and energy were now available in abundance and, thus, they were not a constraint on economic growth. Supplies were safe again. Excess oil capacity around the world exceeded demand by 10 million barrels per day, equivalent to 20 percent of the free world’s consumption.“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„The ISI, the Pakistani security services, was sponsoring the Taliban to pursue what it saw as Pakistan’s own strategic interests—in particular, as a Pashtun buffer against what they feared would be an India-dominated government in Kabul.“ The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World


„You know what I’ll say to the first person in our company who comes to us with a proposal to invest a billion dollars in Iraq?” asked the CEO of one of the supermajors a month before the war. “I’ll say, ‘Tell us about the legal system, tell us about the political system. Tell us about the economic system and about the contractual and fiscal systems, and tell us about arbitration. And tell us about security, and tell us about the evolution of the political system. Tell us all those things, and then we’ll talk about whether we’re going to invest or not.’”9“ The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

„It was very handy to have such a foreign scapegoat when so much was wrong at home.1“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„A man is a business failure if he lets his family life interfere with his business record“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

„In the 1920s, he decided that it was cheaper to drill for oil than to buy the overvalued shares of other oil companies. After the 1929 stock market crash, he completely changed tack; he saw that oil shares were selling at a great discount to assets, and he turned to prospecting for oil on the floor of the stock exchange—in“ The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

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