For readers lacking a oil well to cushion the economic crunch, get a few tips here about how it's done. Burrough writes for Vanity Fair magazine.
Michael Berryhill teaches journalism for the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. His review appeared in the Houston Chronicle at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/books/reviews/6237582.html It begins ...
"The figure on the cover of Bryan Burrough's brisk new history of Texas oilmen wears a black, wide-brimmed Western hat. A geyser of oil is spouting up his back from an old-time wooden derrick. Gushers and cowboy hats have a great appeal and so does the money accompanying them, so Burrough, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine, can be forgiven for invoking the stereotype with his title, The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes."
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