The Rise and Fall of Texas Oil Fortunes

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Texas oil fields, and the oil barons they created, have had an outsized influence on modern America. Bryan Burroughs, author of The Big Rich, tells us about the rise and fall of Texas oil fortunes.


Bryan Burroughs

Comments [6]

bob h from NJ

Listening to this fascinating segment, I wondered whether these are the sort of men who could have arranged for the assassination of a President; frankly, I would have considered them along with the Mafia.

Jan. 28 2009 12:57 PM

clint murchison -- why does that name sound familiar ?? and not in a good way

Jan. 28 2009 12:47 PM
robert from park slope

Was the Texas oil lobby instrumental in promoting the Iraq war? If so, what was their motivation?

Jan. 28 2009 12:38 PM
Maureen Nevin Duffy from Asbury Park, NJ

I didn't hear you mention Vendetta, The Smearing of Edmond Safra, among Bryan's books.

Jan. 28 2009 12:36 PM
anonyme from ny

I know one of the Murchisons and he pronounces the ch lie chester.

Jan. 28 2009 12:32 PM
hjs from 11211

i always wonder if the USA had not taken texas and california, would mexico be the superpower? think about all the oil and gold

Jan. 28 2009 12:18 PM

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