The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

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Harvard University Press
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6.4 X 1.5 X 9.2 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author

Thane Gustafson is Professor of Government at Georgetown University. A widely recognized authority on Russian political economy and formerly a professor at Harvard University, he is the author of many books, notably The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe and Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia, as well as Russia 2010: And What It Means for the World (coauthored with Daniel Yergin).


What an excellent book. Imagine somebody--in this case Thane Gustafson--taking all those snippets of gas history you used to read about and turning them into a coherent, well-written narrative...Every topic should have a book like this about it.-- (12/21/2019)
A readable, intelligent, even-handed historical interpretation of this modern economic relationship [between Europe and Russia].--Nature (12/02/2019)
Sets out the genesis of Russia's gas contract with Germany--and the West--and how it yet may be blown-up by increasing geopolitical tensions.--Jason Corcoran"bne IntelliNews" (11/21/2019)
Well worth a read for those wanting more insight into the mindsets of the main actors and what might influence the flow of Russian gas to Europe in the future.--William Powell"Natural Gas World" (11/11/2019)
Makes a provocative argument that gas is less of a geostrategic/geopolitical threat and in fact contributes to long-term stability in Europe.--BRINK (12/31/2019)
Elegantly written by one of the world's experts on the subject, The Bridge deftly combines narrative and analysis with Gustafson's own distinctive perspective. It tells an important story--the development of the gas relationship between Russia and Europe, the politics around it, and the circumstances and interaction of personalities that have shaped it.--Daniel Yergin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize and The Quest
Extraordinarily well-researched and well-argued, this book provides an account of the economics and geopolitics of gas in Europe over recent decades. Anyone looking for pointers on how gas will feature in Europe's increasingly low-carbon energy mix would be well advised to read this keen analysis of the future prospects for this less-polluting fossil fuel.--Sir Philip Lowe, former Director-General of Energy, European Commission
This compelling narrative illuminates one of the most important dimensions of Europe's relations with Russia. The Bridge explains that Russia's gas bridge is two-way, focusing on why, despite tense political relations and U.S. opposition, it continues to bind Russia and Europe together.--Angela Stent, author of Putin's World: Russia against the West and with the Rest
This excellent book reveals the controversial and sophisticated forces driving Russian and European gas industries and trade. While we do not know whether this bridge will prevail, the outcome will be of crucial importance for the global economic and political landscape.--Tatiana Mitrova, Director, Energy Center, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
The Bridge is an extremely fact-rich and thoroughly researched story about people, technology, and ideas within and around the European gas industry. Anyone wishing to understand and navigate the politics and business of European energy cannot ignore Gustafson's insights.--Gert Maichel, The Mobility House, former CEO of Wingas, and former senior manager of Wintershall
Well-researched and well-written. A very fine book.--Jonathan Stern, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Tells a story that sheds new light on postwar Europe, as well as touching on many of the most important themes of that era...A richly detailed analysis written with a relaxed, lucid style...One of Gustafson's central themes is the way that economics have often trumped politics in the European gas trade.--Ed Crooks"Financial Times" (01/24/2020)
Tells how ingenuity, determination and the logic of commerce overcame geopolitics in a way that illuminates not only the story of a molecule, but the recent history of a whole continent.--Rupert Darwall"Wall Street Journal" (01/28/2020)
A must-read for anyone interested in energy and European or Russian political and economic history.--John V. Bowlus"Energy Reporters" (01/30/2020)
Comprehensive analysis... By tracking the role of natural gas through several countries--Russia and Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway--The Bridge details both its history and its likely future.--Dominic Lenton"Engineering and Technology" (03/12/2020)