Wildcatters: A Story of Texans, Oil, and Money

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Beard Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
This is a reprint of a previously published book. It profiles three generations of oil tycoons based in Texas.
 

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There are interesting footnotes to this story of the oil discovery in the Gulf of Suez by Neptune Oil which was the name given to this operation but in fact was Superior Oil of Houston the company controlled by Howard Keck. The other names associated with the development of the Alma field (Alma was the daughter of the minister of energy in Israel) were, in addition to Joe Reid were Charles Barney, Pete Dickinson and Paul Bushong. There are many interesting details. The most significant is the fact that this Alma oil discovery in 40 feet of water in the gulf of Suez was put on production in four months, something that a major company would have taken maybe nine months. This was done in Israel without the benefit of the service companies and expert oil field personnel not allowed in Israel due to the influence of the Arabs. 

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Contents

Better Luck Next Time
1
The Wild Cutting Edge of the Frontier
9
Of Grandfathers and Heroes
17
No Guts No Blue Chips
27
Where the West Begins
35
The Daddy of Them All
45
Id Rather Be Lucky Than Smart
55
Getting While the Gettings Good
63
Veal Chop Man
115
The Face of Texas
125
Romance and Rebellion
135
The Sweet Life
143
The World
149
A Trunkload of Maps
157
Code Name The Project
167
The Cadillac of the Oil Business
173

To Hell with the Herd Laws
75
A West Texas Superlative
85
The Deal That Got Away
93
The Last Elephant Shoot
105
Baptism by Fire
181
The Juice
187
Better Luck This Time
193
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Sally Helgesen delivers keynotes, runs workshops, and consults for organizations all over the world. Articles on her work have appeared in "Fortune, BusinessWeek, " and "Fast Company, " and her previous books include "The Web of Inclusion" and "Everyday Revolutionaries, " as well as the business classic "The Female Advantage." She is a participant in the Financial Times Leadership Dialogue and a member of The Learning Network. She lives in New York City.

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