The center cannot hold in an epic account of the global oil trade
Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
by Daniel Yergin
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A July blog post at Washingtonian magazine dissected what it calls the “Washington Read”—the process “by which, through a form of intellectual osmosis, a book is absorbed into the Washington atmosphere.” The central irony here is that a best-selling book that becomes a Washington Read—typically after some Sunday-morning talking head raves about its insights and brilliance or the Post runs a prominent review—doesn’t yield many actual Washington readers. Rather, busy and self-important DC residents elect simply to buy a copy and skim the table of contents and introduction (as well as the index, to see if they’re mentioned) so they can discuss the book at Georgetown dinner parties and give the impression that they’ve read it.
While the Washingtonian didn’t single it out as such, Daniel Yergin’s The Prize, a history
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