The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

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The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters by Gregory Zuckerman, Sean Pratt

“A lively, exciting, and definitely thought-provoking book.” —Booklist

Things looked grim for American energy in 2006, but a handful of wildcatters were determined to tap massive deposits of oil and gas that giants like Exxon and Chevron had ignored. They risked everything on a new process called fracking. Within a few years, they solved America’s dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy, and made and lost astonishing fortunes.

No one understands the frackers—their ambitions, personalities, and foibles—better than Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman. His exclusive access drives this dramatic narrative, which stretches from North Dakota to Texas to Wall Street.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469028644
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gregory Zuckerman is a special writer at the Wall Street Journal and the bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever.
He is a two-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award and a winner of the
New York Press Club Journalism Award. He lives in New York.

Sean Pratt has been a working professional actor in the theater, film, television, and voice-over for more than twenty years.

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The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sheldon81 More than 1 year ago
Great history of the companies and men who never gave up on believing they could find oil and nat gas in America. This is what makes America great… people have rights to there land and business leaders that take risks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very well written and I ended up reading it cover to cover yesterday.  
Iluvwords More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and came away with more of an understanding of 5 pivotal men who changed America's energy history. Not that I want to be any of them. They do make the slogan greed is good come alive. They were greedy for land, money and anything else they set their sights on. The story captures the ups and downs of the energy business and investing or participating in it is not for the faint hearted. I would have liked the book much more had the technology, science and art of drilling been more thoroughly described but I understand the importance of trade secrets. All in all it was an interesting and informative book professionally written.
KWalinskas More than 1 year ago
I'm still in the process of reading this book, but am finding it a fascinating expose on the men that have risked their fortunes and reputations in order to develop in-ground US Energy, and hopefully cash in at the same time. Sure, we all know that the United States has near limitless supplies of Shale oil and natural gas now, but at the time these men were seeking it, most experts and certainly the public thought they were nuts.
McFriendly More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the Frackers mainly for the portrait of the "wildcatter" oilmen who gambled everything and through skill, persistence and ole fashioned luck, became billionaires through Fracking. While I don't like the practice, I was impressed by these individuals and the author does a great job of describing them. I only wish the book had talked more about the environmental issues caused by this practice - but it was still a very worthy read!
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