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The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Energy Revolution [Paperback]

Gregory Zuckerman
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28 Nov 2013

The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman, bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever, tells the untold story of the tycoons behind the US fracking controversy.

Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation's already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources. Major oil companies had just about given up on new discoveries on US soil, and a new energy crisis loomed.

But a handful of men believed everything was about to change.

By experimenting with hydraulic fracturing through extremely dense shale - a process now known as fracking - these 'wildcatters' started a revolution. In just a few years, they solved America's dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy - and made and lost astonishing fortunes.

The frackers have already transformed the eco¬nomic, environmental, and geopolitical course of history, and like the Rockefellers and the Gettys before them, they're using their wealth and power to influence politics, education, entertainment, sports, and many other fields. Activists argue that the same methods that are creating so much new energy are also harming our water supply and threatening environmental chaos.

Award-winning reporter Gregory Zuckerman gained exclusive access to the frackers, chronicling the untold story of how they transformed the nation and the world. The result is a dramatic narrative that stretches from the barren fields of North Dakota to the tense Wall Street boardrooms.

The Frackers also tells the story of the angry opposition unleashed by this revolution, and explores just how dangerous fracking really is.

Gregory Zuckerman is a special writer at The Wall Street Journal and the bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever. He is a two-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award and a winner of the New York Press Club Journalism Award.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (28 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670923672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670923670
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory Zuckerman is a special writer at The Wall Street Journal and the bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever. He is a two-time win­ner of the Gerald Loeb Award and a winner of the New York Press Club Journalism Award. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Reading 10 Dec 2013
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I work in oil trading and bought this book as a relevant worthy read. I thought it would be dry and technical. How wrong I was. It bowls along like a Harold Robbins thriller while getting all the technical information a non-technical reader needs. I have heard a couple of the guys mentioned in it speak at industry events and the writer captures them perfectly. A definite five star read. The only downside is that I will not sleep tonight until I finish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 11 April 2014
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Excellent book told with uncanny ability in weaving the story of US shale and the story of the personalities leading the charge
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Good basic guide of the key players and their journey to discovery through shared revelations, advances in technology and most important of all adapting business plans to developments. Just as amazing is the resistance these people faced from those unable to change their investment models or to understand how innovation and change comes about. Very readable, very digestible and has the ring of accuracy to those who themselves lived the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frackers 3 April 2014
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Good current history of this new method of extracting oil & gas. The wildcat system operating in USA is very different from Europe. In USA you own all the sub-surface under your property; unlike Europe where the state own this. Therefore the system for all mineral, oil & gas extraction depends upon businesses dealing directly with the actual land owners. The technical metods of extration & their development were & are due to personal enterprise and involve huge risk & vast debts. These are covered by entrepreneurs large & small. A very interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of the US shale boom 15 Feb 2014
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Zuckerman's account of how fracking developed is a good narrative for geologists, business men and interested parties alike. Great to have such a thoughtful account when the issues covered are still so current. Worth a read!
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An oil industry perspective of the Shale revolution, it's likely impact on global economics and geopolitics. An account of the technical endeavour and engineering creativity that made this possible. Also raises thoughtful questions on this new source of hydrocarbon and how it should and can be safely managed. Worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new Prize for a new era 2 Feb 2014
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To withdraw my heading slightly, this book is not nor could it ever be as good as The Prize given a more limited timeframe. However the author does a fine job in whipping the reader along into the ins and outs of the hydraulic fracturing business in the US.

Certainly others are correct that the technicalities of fracking are mainly overlooked. Adding a further criticism, some chapters are rather fragmented in the storytelling and indeed some of those stories seem like unnecessary additions to the book.

However the book is incredibly fascinating and well researched. The afterword itself is a very useful and appropriate ending. Ergo if you liked the Prize, buy it. If you want to go out campaigning for world peace and wind turbines perhaps it is not what you are looking for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Fracking-how not to tell the story.
This is the most turgid book I have ever read. There is no sense that here is a fascinating story, merely a series of condensed interviews. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mr George R Phillipson
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, not particularly technical
Bearing in mind this is a very topical subject I was expecting a bit more detail.
More of a timeline of individuals involved in the US industry
I was expecting much more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Partridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Very interesting background to this new energy source which will soon be in the UK and the knock on effect to our domestic bills.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Strathearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Improves understanding
Bought this book to understand more about the history of fracking and it delivers. we need to start fracking big time to lower carbon monoxide emissions
Published 3 months ago by John T
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much substance
As an oilman I found the book lacking in substance and I lost interested in the wheeling and dealing narrative.
Published 3 months ago by john hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and gripping - tells the story of the technology and the...
Both the scientist and the intelligent layman will enjoy this book. It gives the gist of the technology in a readable form and tells of the long struggle to develop it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Parahandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly ambitious wildcatters revolutionise world energy perceptions
This is the story of a revolution. The conventional wisdom, even 5 years ago, was that the world was running out of fossil fuels and consequently energy prices would remain strong... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Hillmann
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