The Boom

The Boom

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The a€œbest all-around book yet on frackinga€ (San Francisco Chronicle) from a Pulitzer Prize finalist: a€œGold's work is a tour de force of contemporary journalisma€ (Booklist). First invented in 1947, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has not only become a major source of energy, it is changing the way we use energy, and the energy we use. It is both a threat and a godsend for the environment, and it is leading the revival of manufacturing in the United States. A definitive narrative history, The Boom follows the twists and turns in the development and adoption of this radical technology. It is a thrilling journey filled with colorful characters: the green-minded Texas oilman who created the first modern frack; a bare-knuckled Oklahoman natural gas empire-builder who gave the world an enormous new supply of energy and was brought down by his own success and excesses; an environmental leader whose embrace of fracking brought an end to his public career; and an aging fracking pioneer who is now trying to save the industry from itself. A fascinating and exciting exploration of one of the most controversial and promising sources of energy, The Boom a€œbrings new clarity to a subject awash in hype from all sidesa€ba thoughtful, well-written, and carefully researched book that provides the best overview yet of the pros and cons of fracking. Gold quietly leads both supporters and critics of drilling to consider other viewsa€ (Associated Press).Gold tells the story of this once-obscure oilfield technologya€”a story with an incredible cast of tycoons and geologists, dreamers and drillers, speculators and skeptics, a story that answers a critical question of our time: Where will the ...

Title:The Boom
Author:Russell Gold
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2014-04-08


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