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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryan Burrough, James Jenner Narrator: James Jenner, Bryan Burrough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling 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.

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  • “Capitalism at its most colorful oozes across the pages of this engrossing study…This is a portrait of capitalism as white-knuckle risk taking, yielding fruitful discoveries for the fathers, but only sterile speculation for the sons—a story that resonates with today’s economic upheaval.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Burrough…invokes a tale of bitter competition, family feuds, booms, and bankruptcies that more than lives up to the legends.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An entertaining look at the larger-than-life histories of the incomprehensibly rich and powerful. While it’s an extensively researched synthesis of a time and a place, it avoids a dry, academic tone through the natural drama of these miniature empires and the truly bizarre characters that inhabit them.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise Mcdonald | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great book. Truly fascinating account of the Big Four. Just shows to go you, money can't buy happiness. In fact, in the hands of some it only enhances craziness and the ability to bounce from one absurdity to the next. Although all four characters are covered well, the focus is on H.L. Now I want to read more about the Basses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/13/2014

    " Intriguing stories about the men (unfortunately mainly men) that I grew up hearing about in Texas. These are the backgrounds of the men who made Texas famous for oil and big money. Really enjoyed the gossipy but true life adventures. Sadly,many of these families have devolved into the right-wing politicians and now have brought shame onto Texas. (Actually they were doing this for decades but not as openly.) Very detailed and researched. Now I know who owned some of those houses I used to walk my dogs by while living in Dallas. I know this sounds shallow but I would have liked a few more photos of people and events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherman | 2/2/2014

    " A book that 'native Texans' must read! It's all about the oil. From Spindletop in Beaumont Tx to across the globe. It's about the BIG 4, Roy Cullen, H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison and Sid Richardson, their kids, their families, their hopes and desires, their tragedies, their rise from dirt poor to multi-millionaires. A great book about Texas Oil! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 1/27/2014

    " An exciting tale, if at times told in obsessive detail of the 20th Century rise and fall of Texas oil gazillionaires "

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