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Oil Man: The Story Of Frank Phillips & The Birth Of Phillips Petroleum

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A rich, rousing gusher of a biography that captures the life and times of an American hero and the birth of the modern oil empire he created.

Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum, was one of the greatest self-made business tycoons of the twentieth century. Here in Oil Man, Michael Wallis, the best-selling historian of the West, present Phillips against a pageant of
Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 1st 1988)
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Apr 22, 2020 added it
Good reading while in Oklahoma. Veers toward hagiography, but still interesting.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A very entertaining book and especially interesting as a retiree from the oil and gas industry living in NE Oklahoma. However, it reads like a book that was hired to be written to honor Phillip’s memory, not necessarily to give a warts and all story of the real Frank Phillips. I’m also always somewhat suspect of a nonfiction book with no footnotes or list of sources.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardcover
It took me a long time to read this book, but not because it was boring. On the contrary, it was very entertaining. I have always had a hard time reading biographies, so I suppose that has something to do with it. Plus, it was a hardcover version of a very thick book, so it did not always allow for comfortable reading.

The book is masterfully written by Michael Wallis, and I want to read more books by him, in particular his book on Route 66. He made this history come alive.

Now, I am a little bia
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy biographies that are not only interesting because of the subject but also because of time and place. That is certainly true of this real life Horatio Alger story of Frank Phillips and his founding of Phillips Petroleum in the Indian territory of what became the state of Oklahoma in the first decade of the 20th century.
This book was an easy read, and was pretty interesting. The author not only did significant research on Frank Phillips and Phillips Petroleum, but elaborated on the histories of Bartlesville and Tulsa. I may be biased as a soon-to-be Phillips 66 employee, but I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the oil and gas industry, business, and history in general.
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Michael Wallis is the bestselling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He voiced The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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