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A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea
“After all the spilled oil and spilled ink, this book stands as the most enthralling tale of the interminable Gulf drilling disaster of 2010. Achenbach has a rare talent for making the alien world of offshore oil accessible. Telling a harrowing story of humans wrestling with a technological and environmental crisis beyond their control, he gives us an inside perspective on torturous decision-making under the watchful eyes of a nation.”
--Tyler Priest, University of Houston, Senior Policy Analyst, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
“A brilliant expose of what occurred behind the scene. The readers will be enthralled. Anyone who is an energy user must read this book. That means everyone since it is hard to live without consuming energy.”
--Greg McCormack- Former Director of the Petroleum Extension service at the University of Texas
“If I want to find out what's just happened, I’ll switch on the radio. If I want to find out why it happened, I’ll read Joel Achenbach. He’s the best explainer alive."
--Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The Washington Post and author of The Fiddler In the Subway
“A high-stakes adventure story, masterfully told.”
--Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God and Nonzero: The Logic of Human
"Here's what really happened at the spill -- a compelling look behind the curtain. Joel Achenbach, one of America's best journalists, digs up thousands of previously undisclosed documents to weave a deeply human story of failure, heroism, and the high price of oil addiction."
--David Von Drehle, author Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
That Joel Achenbach has managed to weave these narratives together is impressive enough.
I read A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea in two days - I hope that neither author minds the comparison, but it reads a lot like a Michael Lewis book.
I have recommended the book to everyone who has seen me reading it or carrying it around.
Excellent resource for information on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. I read many of Mr. Achenbach's articles as the crisis unfolded. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia C. Zick
Joe Achenbach is an exceptional writer who lays bare each step that led to the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bonnie_blu
It is amazing what can go wrong when technology gets out of control! Greed must play a part in many of these events.Published 14 months ago by Larry G. Goby
Nice book, interesting for oilfield trash like me, still comprehensible for "outsiders". Nice journalism, lot of suspension, but I disliked typical "blame the mud... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Piotr Sowinski
love the writing style and the way many details are presented in an interesting way. I could enjoy reading any part of the bookPublished 15 months ago by penny good
A 2010 explosion at a Gulf of Mexico oil rig killed 11 people. Several fail safe procedures designed to prevent oil from escaping into the water did not work A massive... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Leon L Czikowsky
Compelling book that does a somewhat lackluster job of explaining the cause of the accident but does provide a good recounting of the story behind fixing the problem.Published 16 months ago by David
A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea is a well-done book. Joel Achenbach pulled together all available data, especially about the kill process, and wrote a credible and fun piece of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J.A. (John) Turley
Exceptional in detailing the whole containement process. Very well-written. Great book, simple to understand (for people familiar with Deepwater Drilling at least.Published 23 months ago by Denis