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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
Joel Achenbach is a reporter for The Washington Post, and the author of six previous books, including The Grand Idea, Captured by Aliens and Why Things Are. He started the Washington Post's first blog, Achenblog, and has worked on the newspaper's national Style magazine and Outlook staffs. He regularly contributes science articles to National Geographic. A native of Gainesville, Florida and a 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.See all Editorial Reviews
Very well written. Fairly technical for a lay person (me). The book cried out for some diagrams.Published 7 months ago by Paul Bianchi
Great enjoyable book . Easy to understand . A book everyone can pick up and read .Published 8 months ago by James evans
Lucid prose by a skilled science journalist, great in-depth sketches of what went wrong with Deepwater Horizon from a technological and bsuiness level. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dogsnwriting
This book is not about the race to kill the well. It's about the government's role and the people that spoke to the press. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Diode
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 20 months ago by Patti Ann
Joe Achenbach is an exceptional writer who lays bare each step that led to the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 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 on February 13, 2013 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 on January 22, 2013 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 on January 21, 2013 by penny good