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The First Billion Is the Hardest | [T. Boone Pickens]

The First Billion Is the Hardest

When Pickens left Mesa Petroleum at age 68 after a spectacular downward spiral in the company's profits, many counted him out. Indeed, what followed for him was a painful divorce, clinical depression, a temporary inability to predict the movement of energy prices, and the loss of 90-percent of his investing capital. But Pickens was far from out.
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When Pickens left Mesa Petroleum at age 68 after a spectacular downward spiral in the company's profits, many counted him out. Indeed, what followed for him was a painful divorce, clinical depression, a temporary inability to predict the movement of energy prices, and the loss of 90-percent of his investing capital. But Pickens was far from out.

From that personal and professional nadir, Pickens staged one of the most impressive comebacks in the industry, turning his investment fund's remaining $3 million into $8 billion in profit in just a few years. That made him, at age 77, the world's second-highest-paid hedge fund manager. But he wasn't done yet.

Today, Pickens is making some of the world's most colossal energy bets. If he has his way, most of America's cars will eventually run on natural gas, and vast swaths of the nation's prairie land will become places where wind can be harnessed for power generation. Currently no less bold than he was decades ago when he single-handedly transformed America's oil industry, Pickens is staking billions on the conviction that he knows what's coming.

In this book, he spells out that future in detail, not only presenting a comprehensive plan for American energy independence but also providing a fascinating glimpse into key resources such as water - yet another area where he is putting billions on the line.

©2008 T. Boone Pickins; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Jack bakersfield, CA, USA 10-07-08
    Jack bakersfield, CA, USA 10-07-08
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    "Wisdom from one of the best"

    This is one of the better audible books I have listened to. Mr Pickens thoughts on energy and our national security are right on. He has the business sense and the expertise in the are of energy resources to make a strong case for his proposals which are both well though out and sobering. There is just enough about his background and personal life to make the man real and at the same time, the technical side of business that he speaks of is educational to say the least. The narrator does and excellent job and is easy to listen to. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S.S. St. Louis, MO USA 02-04-09
    S.S. St. Louis, MO USA 02-04-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Autobiography of T. Boone Pickens"

    Book covers alot of information on Energy, but this truly is an autobiography of T. Boone. The book dwelves into a number of topics including his Philanthropic activity with Oklahoma State, etc. I appreciated the personal history, the story of "Boone" building his companies, and the parts relative to Americas energy situation. If the topics are of interest you'll probably love the book. There are a few slow points (such as the Oklahoma State stuff) which I could tell interested the Author (but I hadn't signed up for) which were unexpected. But overall an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Charlestown, IN, USA 10-16-08
    Brent Charlestown, IN, USA 10-16-08
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    "If I was 1.00% as smart as this"

    Some of the techniques that Boon used in the past are innovative. Being such an underdog taking on such giants, it is truly an inspiring book. Not to make a billion, but to not count the most unlikely of thoughts out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy peoria, IL, United States 01-13-12
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    Would you listen to The First Billion Is the Hardest again? Why?

    Good Read to learn about Boone past, present and future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    his vision for the future


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, I like his reads


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am always fascinated to hear the childhood background of great people


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    stephen granville, OH, United States 08-26-10
    stephen granville, OH, United States 08-26-10
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    "Book is OK-good for business-proud on personal"

    I recommend book strictly on business information and Natural Gas/Oil Business shared. It seemed from Mr. Pickens tone that he was a little out of touch with his pride and staying grounded. It was disappointing to hear him brag about all of the great accomplishments, and never mention much about family, but rather lose more sleep over his dog. Boone is not a bad guy, but he is definitly proud, but has alot to be proud of!

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