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The Murchisons: The Rise and Fall of a Texas Dynasty

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They were the ultimate Texas oil clan: so rich that their multi-million dollar deals were sealed with a handshake, so self-indulgent that their football fancy resulted in the formation of the Dallas Cowboys, so powerful that royalty and presidents -- from Franklin Roosevelt to Nixon -- were never more than a phone call away.

Yet beneath this dazzling facade lay sexual obses
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Published March 10th 1991 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1989)
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John
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fairly decent, well-written saga about a famous Texas oil dynasty. This might have provided the inspiration for the Ewing family in Dallas. All the familiar elements are in place - the visionary rags to riches patriarch, the free-spending hedonistic heirs, greed, sex, drugs and even a little bit of NFL football. The family's decline is more pathetic than tragic. The description of Clint Murchison is accurate and impressive.
Richard Trepsas
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great American heroic story of unique characters and wheeler-dealers, lots of insights into the ways the oilfield worked and how finance and operations were interconnected. I read this due to an association I happen to have had with someone in the family and the online description of this book. I had by chance come across this in an internet search. This is a very thorough, engaging, and riveting rags-to-riches-to-rags/or-? again American and Texan saga of heroic entrepreneurs who struck it ri ...more
Andrew Tollemache
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For a 25 year old book this one still holds up. LIke the recent "The Big Rich", Jane Wolfe tells the story of the rise and fall of the original big Texas oil fortunes. In this case Wolfe focuses on the Murchison's, starting Clint Murchison Sr's rise from the oil fields of East Texas during the Great Depression and how he turned the enormous windfall profits of Texas oil into enormous and diversified real estate and financial empires. His 2 sons then extended the empire to Wall Street in the 195 ...more
Bud
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an older book, but is a facinating read of Texas oil, wealth, and the rise and fall of a family dynasty. Clint Jr was the first owner of the Dallas Cowboys. His brother developed the Vail ski resort in Colorado.
Kelsey
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
The story of a Texas oil family, this book outlines and details a type of life that, in all honesty, scares me :)
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