Business: That New Energy Buzz Book

Putting a lot of chips on conservation and solar power

It hardly seems the stuff of which bestsellers are made. Academic in tone, occasionally plodding, inundated by footnotes, the nation's latest buzz book is not a fast summer read. Yet in only one month in the stores, more than 35,000 copies of Energy Future have been sold at $12.95 each, and Random House is beginning a fourth printing.

Energy Future is the result of a six-year project directed by Professor Robert Stobaugh of the Harvard Business School and the book's co-editor, Political Scientist Daniel Yergin,...

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