Wildcatters by Roger M. Olien
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Texas Independent Oilmen

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Wildcatters by Roger M. Olien

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In the 1970s and 1980s, the Texas wildcatter was a recognizable figure in popular culture. Since then, the wildcatter's role is less celebrated but still important, as shown in the new introduction to this edition of a book originally published in 1984 by Texas Monthly Press. Drawing heavily on oral histories, this book tells the story of the West Texas independents as a group, looking at their business strategies in the context of their national, regional, and local conditions. The focus is on the Permian Basin and southeastern New Mexico over the sixty-year period in which the region rose to prominence on the American oil scene, producing about one-fifth of the nation's output. It is a story that covers vast technological change, governmental regulation, and economic fluctuation with profound implications for the oil and gas community. The new introduction brings the story up-to-date by addressing not only the subsequent careers of the wildcatters described in the book but also the role of independents in the current economy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781585446063
ISBN-10: 1585446068
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Texas A & M University Press
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Roger M. Olien

ROGER M. OLIEN, who holds a Ph.D. from Brown University, lives in Austin and is a member of the TSHA Speakers Bureau. DIANA DAVIDS HINTON holds the J. Conrad Dunagan Chair in regional and business history at the University of Texas - Permian Basin. Her Ph.D. is from Yale University.

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