The Big Rich by Bryan Burrough
The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes

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"What's not to enjoy about a book full of monstrous egos, unimaginable sums of money, and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness?"

Phenomenal reviews and sales greeted the hardcover publication of The Big Rich, New York Times bestselling author Bryan Burrough's spellbinding chronicle of Texas oil. Weaving together the multigenerational sagas of the industry's four wealthiest families, Burrough brings to life the men known in their day as the Big Four: 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 rise and fall, The Big Rich is a hugely entertaining account that only a writer with Burrough's abilities-and Texas upbringing-could have written.
 

About Bryan Burrough

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Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (with John Helyar) and Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-1934. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he is a three-time winner of the John Hancock Award for excellence in financial journalism.
 
Published January 9, 2009 by Penguin Books. 508 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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An “epitaph,” as Texas expat and Vanity Fair special correspondent Burrough (Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 2004, etc.) calls it, for a storied, moneyed time that defines the Lone Star State’s self-image.

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The title of “The Big Rich,” Bryan Burrough’s new book about Texas oil money, serves as shorthand.

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A modern history of Texas told through the lives of its Big Four founders of family fortunes.

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Austin Chronicle

Nor does the fact that Burrough – whose past credits include a co-author turn for Barbarians at the Gate (about the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco) and who is still a Vanity Fair special correspondent – did a pretty good job researching the thing and making it into a cohesive narrative.

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Harvard Political Review

Reporter Brian Burrough follows his last corporate epic, Barbarians at the Gate, with a new book, The Big Rich, replacing skyscrapers and three piece suits with oil wells and Stetson hats.

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