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

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

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by Bryan Burrough
     
 

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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?"

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…  See more details below

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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?"

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.

Editorial Reviews

Texas oil secured the fortunes of numerous Lone Star businessmen, a football team or two, and more than one White House–bound politician. In The Big Rich, Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough traces the "black gold" boom through the lives of the postwar oil barons known as the Big Four: H. L. Hunt (1889-1974), Roy Cullen (1881-1957), Sid Richardson (1891-1951), and Clint Murchison (1895-1969). This respected, award-winning journalist doesn't keep his subjects' secrets. He identifies who among the quartet was a bigamist; who conducted dirty deals with J. Edgar Hoover; and whose fortune fell victim to family squabbles. Required reading about the second Robber Baron period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440686030
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
130,297
File size:
565 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book to read, but the author makes it quit clear of his left wing bias against conservatives. The author is a liberal and he must of mentioned the words right wing extremist and racist right wingers on almost every page on the last half of the book. Do not recomend.
thoughtful More than 1 year ago
I came upon this book somewhat by chance. As a native Texan and Houstonian (growing up there in the 1950's and 60's) plus living in West Texas for a time and knowing quite a few of the locales mentioned, I found this book to be highly interesting and entertaining, even though Texas is portrayed in a bad light at times. In contrast to comments by a couple of previous reviewers, I thought the book was easily readable and I noted no misspelled Texas towns. [The only suspect along those lines was the date of San Jacinto Day, given as April 22nd but in reality April 21st]. There was quite a bit of dissipation in the lives of the Big Rich but keep in mind the benefits of their charitable contributions (the Texas Medical Center, University of Houston, other university buildings and programs, etc) and the economic growth generated, helping the average person.
wk More than 1 year ago
This is a great read for anyone interested in the history of Texas Oil and the men and their families that became legends. The book's story is centered around the bigger than life H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, Sid Richardson, and Roy Cullen and their rise in riches from oil and their influence in State and National politics. You will laugh at the many unbelievable tales and not want to put this book down. Get ready for a rip roaring history that is big as Texas and the men who made it!
TBAYFINN More than 1 year ago
well written very informative and precise
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Lufbra More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read. The writer attempts to capture an epoch in history that is now gone but still a part of American mythos - That of the wildcatter striking it big in the heart of Texas ie The Texas oilman/tycoon. he does a very good job of it dealing with an Texas from between the wars until the first Bush administration and peopling his story with the larger than life characters that made it all happen. But the book is more the story of Texas Oil and the effect it had on the state both good and bad. In the end I came away more with an understanding of Texas and it's relation to big oil that I had never considered before. A great read of big people in a big state playing on a big stage.
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I was not raised in Texas but have lived in Houston since the 80's so this book was very interesting. I liked learning about how Texas came about & how influencial the oil industry has been. I have passed this on to many friends who have seemed to like the book as well. Easy, interesting reading
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