By Bryan Burrough
"What's to not get pleasure from a few booklet jam-packed with enormous egos, unbelievable sums of cash, and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness?"
extra special reports and revenues greeted the hardcover ebook of The titanic wealthy, manhattan Times bestselling writer Bryan Burrough's spellbinding chronicle of Texas oil. Weaving jointly the multigenerational sagas of the industry's 4 wealthiest households, Burrough brings to existence the boys recognized of their day because the colossal 4: Roy Cullen, H. L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, and Sid Richardson, all swaggering Texas oil tycoons who owned sprawling ranches and mingled with presidents and Hollywood stars. Seamlessly charting their collective upward push and fall, The vast Rich is a highly pleasing account that just a author with Burrough's abilities-and Texas upbringing-could have written.
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