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Incredible insight into the lives of those who live and die in the West Texas oil patch, including some of the finest writing on the subject of oil and oil men I've ever read. But praise for these inspired passages must be tempered—there are many clunky chunks of prose that feel dated or overly-wrought. The novel is also marred by the misogynistic, homophobic, and racist attitudes of the time; though it's worth noting the author does attempt (somewhat) to rise above these notions. Taken in its ...more
Pendleton writes of a very real part of Texas history. He demonstrates that there were crooks and moral men among the great Oilmen of Texas, but regardless, they were a different breed of men all together. The risks they took, the way in which they were willing to gamble, the control they had is all here for the reader to enjoy. If you have any interest in Texas history or the oil business this is the book you should read. Tom Pendleton has written the best historical fiction on the Texas oil ...more