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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by Bryan Burrough
by Jim Rasenberger
by Robert Vaughan
by Ralph Cotton
by Richard Miniter
by Cotton Smith
by Susan Stevens Crummel
by Milton T. Burton
by Ralph Compton, Joseph A. West
by S.K. Salzer
by Daniel Klein
""Big" is clearly the operant word here in this true story about the U.S. oil industry. It can be used to describe the vast sums of money generated by oil and the egos of the four oilmen who made Texas the American oil capital: H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, Roy Cullen, and Sid Richardson. It describes the size of this book and the credible narration of all this Texas and U.S. history by James Jenner. He aptly depicts billionaire Hunt as a strange loner and Murchison's efforts to cull favor with right-wingers like Hoover, McCarthy, and Nixon. As Burrough writes of the successes, mistakes, and overindulgences of these magnates, Jenner is careful to clearly distinguish between their personalities, placing emphasis on their idiosyncrasies. Their era may have ended, but their import hasn't, and Jenner's narration capably pieces together this slice of twentieth-century history. A.L.H. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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