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. Download and start listening now!