Most of the book is interesting and enjoyable but the author goes to pains to denigrate his subjects when he (the author) strays into political analysis and editorializing rather than biography. Describing one of his main characters as participating in "classic paranoid right wing fantasies" and then labeling him "stupid" is both inaccurate and unprofessional. The author completely fails to understand the politics in the era he describes. But, as poor as the political writing is, the biographical stories are excellent and well worth the time. I recommend the book.
I'm a Yankee that attended college in Texas in the late '70's and I experienced the last oil boom in Texas. This book starts at the beginning of the Texas oil boom and takes it past my time in TX to almost the present. I have read a lot of books on the Texas oil families and am a great fan of the people that developed Texas. This details each of the great oil families and it follows the oil finds and the great oil families from the beginning to the present. This is a GREAT listen and an amazing story of an amazing place and time in our history.