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  • The Big Rich

  • The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: James Jenner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough reveals how four Texas oil tycoons transformed America. Rising from humble beginnings through hard work and shrewd dealings, they shifted the balance of power in American politics. While hobnobbing with movie stars and presidents, the Big Rich also created the legend of the swaggering Texas oilman with island hideaways and sprawling ranches.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Houston Oilman

  • By Andrew on 10-12-09

Great historical perspective

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-16

If you are a lover of contemporary Texas history, you will love this story of those who helped shape the 20th and 21st centuries in Texas, for better and for worse.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Presidents Club

  • Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
  • By: Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 22 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inflection of narrator really annoying

  • By LucyLu on 06-18-12

Captivating look at political history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Great read if you are a political history junkie. The gamesmanship between current and former presidents, going back to Hoover, makes for a book that offers something for everyone, regardless of political stripe.