Gamble in The Devil's Chalk

Gamble in The Devil's Chalk

by Caleb Pirtle III

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BN ID: 2940012589132
Publication date: 05/25/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 905,956
File size: 704 KB

About the Author

Caleb Pirtle III was an award winning feature writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, served for a decade as travel editor for Southern Living Magazine, and has authored more than fifty-five published books.

Through the years, Pirtle has distinguished himself with focusing on the human side of a story, especially history and non-fiction. He has long believed, "What happens is never as important as the people who make it happen." Among his historical books are XIT: The American Cowboy, The Texas Outback, Deep Roots, Echoes from Forgotten Streets, Visions of Forgotten Streets, Engineering the World, Impact, and Trail of Broken Promises.

A graduate from The University of Texas with a journalism degree, Pirtle won the William Randolph Hearst Award for feature writing, and he received numerous Associated Press and Headliner's Awards for his work at the Star-Telegram. For Southern Living Magazine, his travel and historical writing won the Discover America Awards three times.

His award-winning books include The Unending Season, XIT: The American Cowboy, The Grandest Day, Spirit of A Winner, and Echoes from Forgotten Streets.

Pirtle served for more than twenty years as editorial director for Dockery House Publishing, creating and developing books and magazines for national corporate and retail customers.

Pirtle, with writing partner Frank Q. Dobbs, wrote the teleplays for the CBS mini-series Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, starring Kenny Rogers, Dixie Carter, Lonnie Anderson, and Mariska Hargitay, and the TNT television movie, The Texas Rangers, starring Tom Berenger.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up knowing that Lee County was floating on oil they couldn't figure out how to produce. Then the boom came and those of us who knew felt vindicated. Later, I became a Professional Landman and spent the first 10 years of my career working in the Chalk. I recognized most of the names, personally know some of them, and am related to a few. There is one glaring inaccuracy about the railroad speculators who founded Giddings; they were Yankees from New York and never set foot in Texas, much less Lee County rather than investors from Houston. A fascinating look at the personalities who contributed to the oil boom in the Chalk.
Texashistorybuff More than 1 year ago
A true story that reads like fiction. With more than two years of research and interviews, Caleb Pirtle portrays the fiscal and physical dedication of the men and women who drilled in an environment that had broken the dreams and pocketbooks of previous explorers into the hidden treasures of the Austin Chalk. Through their ingenuity and perserverance, they discovered the secret of successful drilling in one of the nation's most productive oilfields.