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Since its 1947 invention, "fracking" (hydraulic fracturing) has been both revered as a promising source of power and as a looming environmental danger. This new book by Russell Gold doesn't take sides; the award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter is too busy constructing a definitive narrative history of this controversial method. He charts how this once-obscure oilfield technology has become a seething vortex of controversy; but he also describes how fracking is changing not only the industry, but also the global economy. Big oil, big personalities, vicious debates, and one great read.