Episode 29: Daniel Yergin

AWM Author Talks
AWM Author Talks
Episode 29: Daniel Yergin

This week, AWM President Carey Cranston chats with Pulitzer Prize-winner and global energy expert Daniel Yergin about his timely new book The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations. This conversation took place October 8th, 2020 and was recorded live via Zoom.

Quick programming note: near the 20 minute mark, Carey and Daniel start discussing some of the pictures included in the book. If you would like to follow along with them, you can find this full discussion, including the photo slideshow, on the American Writers Museum’s YouTube channel.

We hope you enjoy entering the mind of a writer.


“This book is about where we are now, not where we were seven months ago.”

“I actually think history is an imaginative act. When I’m writing it, it’s kind of like a movie. I’m sort of writing what I’m seeing, or as near as I can tell.”

“Ever since I was a child I was writing. My father had been a reporter at the Chicago Tribune so I was raised on stories about stories.”

“People think it’s funny these days to know that I write longhand…My mother was an artist and when I was a child I would watch her sketching and I feel that when I’m writing I’m building up a sketch.”

“We are in an energy transition…and I wanted to convey that energy transitions have been going on for a long time. I date the beginning of the energy transition that we’re still living through to January of 1709…”

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