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read mobi ↠ The Big Rich Kindle Edition ´ What's not to enjoy about a book full of monstrous egos unimaginable sums of money and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness? Phenomenal reviews and sales greeted the hardcover publication of The Big Rich New York Times bestselling author Bryan Burrough's spellbinding chronicle of Texas oiLlbinding chronicle of Texas oil Weaving together the multigenerational sagas of the industry's four wealthiest families Burrough brings to life the men known in their day as the Big Four Roy Cullen H L Hunt Clint Murchison and Sid Richardson all swaggering Texas oi I found this a really interesting telling of the oil fortunes and misfortunes in Texas; however I would have liked to be provided with some information on the steam boiler engines that were used in the drilling Burrough often tells of the hazards that the boilers were when the gushers came in but does not detail at all the use of the boilersMy family enjoyed a stay in the Shamrock Hilton when we moved to that area in 1973 it had an amazing pool Also as a software representative for IBM in Fort Worth I often saw T Cullen Davis at his office in the Kendavis Industries Mid Continent Supply CompanyThe Sinclair oil company is mentioned a couple of times but there is no mention of Harry F Sinclair and his office in downtown Fort Worth? Also missing is Harrell Edmonds Eddie Chiles who was the founder of Western Company of North America and an owner of the Texas Rangers who advised Texans on TV that if you don't own an oil well then you should get one

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L tycoons who owned sprawling ranches and mingled with presidents and Hollywood stars Seamlessly charting their collective rise and fall The Big Rich is a hugely entertaining account that only a writer with Burrough's abilities and Texas upbringing could have writte 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 Sadlymany 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 photos of people and events

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The Big RichWhat's not to enjoy about a book full of monstrous egos unimaginable sums of money and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness? Phenomenal reviews and sales greeted the hardcover publication of The Big Rich New York Times bestselling author Bryan Burrough's spe I’ve been on a Texas binge lately I’ve always found the state its history and its people to be intriguing And the politicians? Is there a state that can compare with Texas when one begins to list the people who have served as governor of that state? Well maybe next door neighbor Louisiana comes closeI read one time and I would give credit to the source but I don’t remember who wrote it that paraphrasing now Louisiana governors had three primary responsibilities Listed in the order of their importance they are 1to entertain; 2 to govern; and 3 to stay out of jail Piyush “Bobby” Jindal seems to have missed the memo He only seems interested in number 2 But I digressTexas governors include the likes of Sam Houston and “Pa” Ferguson and “Ma” Ferguson and “Pappy” O’Daniel and John Connally and Ann Richards and George W Bush and Rick Perry Top that LouisianaAnd of course there is the giant that overshadows them all Lyndon Baines Johnson Never a governor nevertheless he is one of only four people to serve in all four elected federal offices Representative Senator Vice President and President LBJ’s impact on American politics has been so great that it has taken Robert Caro five volumes to write his biographyAnd that’s where I began my recent Texas marathon by re reading Caro’s first two volumes if I live long enough I plan to read the other three as well as Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream written by young Doris Kearns before Goodwin was added to her nameNext came the Texas novels written by Billy Lee Brammer and Edwin “Bud” Shrake especially Shrake and a great study of those two writers and four of their fellow Texans in Steven L Davis’s Texas Literary OutlawsAnd I recently finished The Big Rich The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil FortunesShrake’s Strange Peaches is a novel set in Dallas just before and just after the assassination of JFK When I read his descriptions of almost continuous parties elaborate pranks and other excesses all fueled by booze pot and hard drugs I thought that Shrake was probably guilty of employing his novelist’s license to embellish in order to punch up the story Wrong again After reading Texas Literary Outlaws and The Big Rich I now know that practically everything he described actually occurredI just read Shrake’s But Not For Love A Novel About Men Women and Money Well after all it is about Texas I am currently reading Phillipp Meyer's multi generational Texas epic The Son Further Minutaglio and Smith's autobiography of Molly Ivins is in the hopper The Big Rich is a recounting of the life and times of four Texas oil wildcatters Hugh Roy Cullen Sid Richardson Clint Murchison and HL Hunt Burrough writes “If Texas Oil had a Mount Rush their faces would adorn it A good ol’ boy A scold A genius A bigamist Known in their heyday as the Big Four they became the founders of the greatest Texas family fortunes headstrong adventurers who rose from nowhere to take turns being acclaimed America’s wealthiest man”Hugh Roy Cullen later a Houston wildcatter grew up poor in San Antonio and dropped out of school in the fifth grade After becoming a wealthy man he would become an early champion of and contributor to ultraconservative causesHe was “stern humorless and a bit of a scolda man who detested communists pinkos” and especially Roosevelt “and whose favored politician was the red busting Joe McCarthy”Sid Richardson and Clint Murchison were lifelong friends from Athens sixty miles southeast of Dallas According to Burrough “despite their common backgrounds they were a mismatched pair Murchison was energetic impatient independent and like many country boys before him intellectually insecureMurchison was shy and would remain so all his life If he didn’t absolutely have to talk to someone he avoided it“In sharp contrast Richardson presented himself as the essence of the Texas good ol’ boy joshing laughing and cursing in a thick backwoods accent”As outrageous as the conduct of these three and their progeny could be at times neither they nor their progeny could hold a candle to HL Hunt or his progenyBurrough writes “At a time when itinerant wildcatters like Sid Richardson couldn’t find time for a wife let alone a family Hunt would build three two in secret If they made a movie of his life no one would believe it was true”The only non native in the group Hunt was born in southern Illinois about seventy miles south of St Louis “He was a strange man a loner who lived deep inside his own peculiar mind a self educated thinker who was convinced – absolutely convinced – that he was possessed of talents that bordered on the superhuman He may have been right; in the annals of American commerce there has never been anyone uite like Haroldson Lafayette Hunt” The subtitle of the book The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes is appropriate The “Rise” was accomplished by the Big Four; the “Fall” was engineered by the progeny particularly that of Murchison and especially Hunt The fall is a story of family feuds lawsuits scandals and bankruptcies – and it isn’t prettyI do recommend the book even though it is marred by inexcusable typos and misspellings “Edmund” Murrow being only one example and unexplainable factual errors The typos and misspellings could have and should have been corrected by a proofreader and Burrough and his editor certainly should have avoided the obvious factual errors How could he have possibly written the following “ the champion steer an eight hundred pound heifer?” Huh? Shouldn’t Burrough have known that a steer is a castrated male and a heifer is a young female? How could a Texan be so confused about bovine gender? And shouldn’t he a Texan have known that The Longhorns written by J Frank Dobie the prominent University of Texas professor and folklorist was not a novel but a work of nonfiction?But here is the most egregious error of all “McCarthy’s subseuent ascension to Martin Dies’s old chairmanship of the House Un American Activities Committee and HUAC’s ensuing crusade against communist ‘infiltrators’ transformed the senator into a polarizing figure across the country”Holy separation of powers A senator chaired a committee in the House of Representatives?I still recommend the book even though it is impossible to overlook the errors They might have been understandable if the book had been published by some vanity press but it wasn’t We should be able to expect better from The Penguin PressBryan Burrough earlier co wrote a big best seller titled Barbarians at the Gate The Fall of RJR Nabisco and was the sole author of Public Enemies America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI 1933 1934 The description on the Big Rich book jacket erroneously imagine that describes him as a native Texan His family moved to Texas when he was seven years old but he was born in Tennessee In his introduction he mentions that some of his young classmates referred to him as a carpetbagger