Boone by T. Boone Pickens Jr.

By T. Boone Pickens Jr.

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Pickens, in case somebody must bereminded, is the autonomous Texas oil manufacturer and financier who no longer some time past engineered, in his phrases, "the biggest company merger of all time"the Gulf Oil "deal" that elevated Gulf inventory costs to the huge revenue of shareholders (including Pickens) whereas obliterating the large company itself. This memoir provides an within, usually eyebrow-raising examine the workings of the oil as Pickens progresses from a hardscrabble, Texas Panhandle life to small-scale oil good wild-catting with financing not easy to return via; neighborhood and nationwide luck along with his Mesa Petroleum Co.; dicy North Sea exploration in the course of the OPEC oil "shortage"; constrained popularity by means of industrial-establishment executives at hunting-lodge conclaves; the Gulf set-to and different, much less brilliant bargains. "The entrepreneurial spirit," says Boone, "is rooted within the wish to make money."

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