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Author: Gregory Zuckerman Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781469058047
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The riveting, untold story of the men who are transforming global energy

In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world’s fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened.

The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world—and made astonishing fortunes in the process.

Zuckerman’s exclusive access enabled him to get close to men like George Mitchell, who developed a new way to drill for gas in shale rock; Harold Hamm, who discovered so much oil he’s now worth more than the estate of Steve Jobs; and Aubrey McClendon, who lost more than $2 billion on a misguided gambit. Zuckerman shows how the frackers are now using their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics, sports, and other fields, much like the Rockefellers and Gettys before them.

He also explores the debate over the environmental risks of fracking, and whether those risks are worth it for the United States to achieve energy independence and for the rest of the world to follow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Frackers, [Zuckerman’s] second book, is told with care and precision and a deep understanding of finance and corporate politics as well as oil and geology.”

    New York Times

  • “Zuckerman details [the frackers’] epic adventure with skill that makes it required reading for anyone looking to understand fundamental forces at work in our world today.”


  • “Gregory Zuckerman tells the story of the shale revolution well. He has an eye for detail and a flair for narrative that makes it highly readable…This is a story of innovation as perspiration…It is a reminder that innovation is neither easy nor cheap nor inevitable.”

    Times (London)

  • “Zuckerman’s fast-paced, densely interesting The Frackers is the first book to tell the stories of the obstinate, ravenous, methodical, sometimes rascally oil executives of the recent boom. By focusing on people instead of trends, it gets to the heart of why the United States is once again the largest supplier of oil and gas in the world.”

    New Republic

  • “Greg Zuckerman tells the remarkable story of the larger than life entrepreneurs and deal makers behind this energy-industrial revolution. A great read, whether you are pro-fracking or against it.”


  • “Lovers of business and capitalism will appreciate The Frackers…Zuckerman has done valuable and timely reporting on the men and independent companies that created the shale boom.”

    Associated Press

  • “Colorful…Compelling account [of] a revolution driven by stubborn entrepreneurs.”


  • “An interesting and first-rate narrative…A dramatic tale…The book may be the definitive story of the innovative men behind the most significant energy discovery of our time.”

    Akron Beacon Journal

  • “If you are looking for the present-day take on a romantic rag-to-riches drama reminiscent of the Gilded Age, engaging tales of brave entrepreneurs whose desire to get really wealthy helped them persevere and prosper come boom or bust, look no further than The Frackers.”

    Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • “A dynamic narrative…introduces us to the major players behind a boom.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Insightful…At times suspenseful…On-target in telling the tale of a group of wildcatters who risked almost everything and helped launch the United States on the path to energy independence.”

    Natural Gas Intelligence

  • “Too little attention has been paid to one of America’s biggest economic and scientific revolution of recent decades…Wall Street Journal reporter Zuckerman…sets out to change that with his unique talent of translating complex aspects of finances and geology into prose that reads like a blockbuster thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fans of the lively, character-driven nonfiction of writers like Kurt Eichenwald and Ben Mezrich should welcome this book with open arms…A lively, exciting, and definitely thought-provoking book.”


  • “A fascinating study of American entrepreneurial culture and the modern robber barons who succeeded in creating an energy revolution.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Gregory Zuckerman is the author of The Greatest Trade Ever and The Frackers, among other books, and is a special writer at the Wall Street Journal. He writes about big financial trades, hedge funds, private-equity firms, and other investing and business topics. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business, and other networks,and he makes appearances on radio stations around the globe.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.