Having grown up in Houston this book was actually a trip down memory lane, I grew up there in the 1960's many of these names were still very prominent in the news I can remember my parents mentioning them now and again, Roy Cullen, there's a Boulevard in Houston named after him Cullen Boulevard, a great philanthropist he donated over 200 million to charities back when that was unheard of for rich people to do that.
Clint Murchison and his son Clint Jr. who started the Dallas Cowboys. Sid Richardson and his relation to the Bass family many people don't know a lot about Sid Richardson he was kind of a very low-keyed oil man but certainly the richest. Amazing stories about H.L. Hunt's two wives and then his third wife and how they were together at the same time and all the kids.
Also, wildcatter Glenn McCarthy the oil man who built The Shamrock Hotel in Houston, 1946 southwest of downtown Houston. There is about another dozen big rich oil men in this book which spin off of the Four Big Rich.
I also like the voice of James Jenner to listen, I have several books that he has narrated. If you're a Texan or you are in the oil petroleum business, this book is a must read.
If you are born in Texas or moved here it is a good primer for the development of the energy portion of the state.
Great book about the history of some of America's rich and famous people. This book discribes how history was made along with riches.
Bryan Burrough in The Big Rich has done readers of history a great service in bringing to life the rise and fall of the greatest oil fortunes. To understand Texas and the current oil debates, this volume offers wonderful insight. Bryan Burrough (as in Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enebmies, and Dragonfly) brings the oil era into clear focus and major players into view. This is capitalism in action as we will never see again. Fortunes were built and many were never envisioned. They were just men taking chances. The Hunts, Muirchisons, Richardsons, and Cullens - what a crew! Burrough brings them all to life. Well written in Burrough's style and read very well by James Jenner.
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.
In comparison to the cost of this book, the material is lacking. I felt the book was hardly more than headlines to the underlying story.
Maybe but I would never pay this much for another book by him. He is a dadgum long way from having my admiration but his style was worthy.
He was okay; not impressionable, only mediocre.
Yes to hopefully watch the plot develop on a Paul Harvey standard, i.e., "the rest of the story."
I wouldn't recommend the book. There are some interesting facts which were previously unknown to me but overall, it was substantially boring.