The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2009 - History - 480 pages
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"What's not to enjoy about a book full of monstrous egos, unimaginable sums of money, and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness?" --The Economist

Phenomenal reviews and sales greeted the hardcover publication of The Big Rich, New York Times bestselling author Bryan Burrough's spellbinding chronicle of Texas oil. Weaving together the multigenerational sagas of the industry's four wealthiest families, Burrough brings to life the men known in their day as the Big Four: Roy Cullen, H. L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, and Sid Richardson, all swaggering Texas oil tycoons who owned sprawling ranches and mingled with presidents and Hollywood stars. Seamlessly charting their collective rise and fall, The Big Rich is a hugely entertaining account that only a writer with Burrough's abilities-and Texas upbringing-could have written.

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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

This is a relatively entertaining and educational look at the mega-fortunes built through the discovery and exploitation of oil and gas in Texas in the early years of the 20th century. The four ... Read full review

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User Review  - yvonne.sevignykaiser - LibraryThing

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Title Page
TWO The Creekologist
THREE Sid and Clint
FOUR The Bigamist and the Boom
FIVE The Worst of Times the Best of Times
SIX The Big Rich
SEVEN Birth of the Ultraconservatives
EIGHT War and Peace
TWELVE The Golden Years
THIRTEEN Rising Sons
FOURTEEN Sun Sex Spaghettiand Murder
FIFTEEN Watergate Texasstyle
SIXTEEN The Last Boom
SEVENTEEN The Great Silver Caper

NINE The New World
TEN A Clumsy and Immeasurable Power
ELEVEN Troglodyte Genus Texana

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Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of three previous books. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he is a three-time winner of the John Hancock Award for excellence in financial journalism. Burrough lives in Summit, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

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