Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 24, 2011 - Political Science - 602 pages
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The oil industry in the United States has been the subject of innumerable histories. But books on the development of the natural gas industry and the electricity industry in the U.S. are scarce. Edison to Enron is a readable flowing history of two of America's largest and most colorful industries.

It begins with the story of Samuel Insull, a poor boy from England, who started his career as Thomas Edison's right-hand man, then went on his own and became one of America's top industrialists. But when Insull's General Electric's energy empire collapsed during the Great Depression, the hitherto Great Man was denounced and prosecuted and died a pauper. Against that backdrop, the book introduces Ken Lay, a poor boy from Missouri who began his career as an aide to the head of Humble oil, now part of Exxon Mobil. Lay went on to become a Washington bureaucrat and energy regulator and then became the wunderkind of the natural gas industry in the 1980s with Enron.

To connect the lives of these two energy giants, Edison to Enron takes the reader through the flamboyant history of the American energy industry, from Texas wildcatters to the great pipeline builders to the Washington wheeler-dealers.

From the Reviews...

"This scholarly work fills in much missing history about two of America's most important industries, electricity and natural gas."
Joseph A. Pratt, NEH-Cullen Professor of History and Business, University of Houston

"... a remarkable book on the political inner workings of the U.S. energy industry."
Robert Peltier, PE, Editor-in-Chief, POWER Magazine

"This is a powerful story, brilliantly told."
Forrest McDonald, Historian

  

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Review: Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Pretty interesting history on the development of the electric grid and natural gas markets (mostly concentrating on Texas and the Gulf), but I found his editorialization of virtue and the pristine perfection of a free market rather grating and distracting from the historical accounts. Read full review

Review: Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Would have preferred more of the history of the technology, but instead this was a history of the business deals of the electric and gas industries. However, the author's intent was to document and ... Read full review

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Contents

Cover
Introduction
Dynamo at Chicago Edison 18921907
Expanding Horizons 19071918
Peak and Peril 19191929
Plummet and Ruin 19301938
The Boss Jack Bowen
A Monumental Mistake
Transco Energy Company
Houston Natural
Robert Herring and Ray Fish
Formation and Maturation
Robert Herring and After
Market Order Political Challenges
Bibliography
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

ROBERT L. BRADLEY JR., a 16-year Enron employee and Ken Lay confidant, is a noted free-market scholar and public-policy entrepreneur. The founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research, Bradley is the author of numerous books and essays on the history and political economy of energy. He is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.; a visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London; and an honorary senior research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2002, he received the Julian Simon Memorial Award for his work on energy and sustainable development.
Bradley lives in Houston and likes to spend time in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

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