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Great American outpost : dreamers, mavericks, and the making of an oil frontier / Maya Rao.

Rao, Maya, 1984- (author.).
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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 338.27282 RAO (Text) 34304000902836 Adult - Nonfiction Available -
Spencer Co PL - Rockport Main Library 338.2728 RAO (Text) 70741000151308 Adult Non Fiction Available -
Starke Co PL - Schricker Main Library (Knox) 333.8231 RAO (Text) 30032010725940 ADULT NON-FICTION Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial 338.2728 RAO (Text) 33946003335051 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781610396462
  • ISBN: 1610396464
  • Physical Description: vii, 324 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-324).
Formatted Contents Note:
The advancement of man. Introduction -- I should be dead -- Tales at the water depot -- Beyond the eyes of Roosevelt -- Wild bison -- Williston Brewing Company -- Great American scam -- Streetlights -- A fugitive at the border -- Edge of the world -- Free market rhapsody. Sheer emptiness of it -- Nobody lives here -- Evolution -- Empire of junk -- Right-minded people -- Capitalism is legal -- A great steaming pile of money -- Ballad of La Bruta -- Of riches and reality. Dinner party -- Peyton Place on the plains -- Deal junkies -- Going to war -- Derrick goes sideways -- $100 oil to $1 beer -- Nat Geo's in town -- Fracking hell -- Trials of civilization. Wasteland -- Perils at twenty feet -- Pipelining blues -- You chose oil over us -- Exodus -- Bile of the subterranean -- Frigid despair -- This is your treasure.
Summary, etc.:
"A surreal, lyrical work of narrative nonfiction that portrays how the largest domestic oil discovery in half a century transformed a forgotten corner of the American West into a crucible of breakneck capitalism. As North Dakota became the nation's second-largest oil producer, Maya Rao set out in steel-toe boots to join a wave of drifters, dreamers, entrepreneurs, and criminals. With an eye for the dark, absurd, and humorous, Rao fearlessly immersed herself in their world to chronicle this modern-day gold rush, from its heady beginnings to OPEC's price war against the US oil industry. She rode shotgun with a surfer-turned-truck driver braving toxic fumes and dangerous roads, dined with businessmen disgraced during the financial crisis, and reported on everyone in between-including an ex-con YouTube celebrity, a trophy wife mired in scandal, and a hard-drinking British Ponzi schemer-in a social scene so rife with intrigue that one investor called the oilfield Peyton Place on steroids. As the boom receded, a culture of greed and recklessness left troubling consequences for investors and longtime residents. Empty trailers and idle oil equipment littered the fields like abandoned farmsteads, leaving the pioneers who built this unlikely civilization to reckon with their legacy. Part Barbara Ehrenreich, part Upton Sinclair, Great American Outpost is a sobering exploration of twenty-first-century America that reads like a frontier novel."--Inside jacket flap.
Subject: Oil fields > North Dakota > History.
Petroleum industry and trade > North Dakota > History.
North Dakota > History.

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