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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470950900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470950906
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Reed and Fitzgerald begin their first book with a riveting description of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. Those employees who weren't killed by the explosion had to "jump the ten stories from the blazing rig to dark waters below." With our attention duly captured, the authors do little to hold it for the rest of the book. Facts are recounted ("Oil flowed for 87 days") and historical perspectives are provided (although it was BP CEO Tony Hayward who received the brunt of the public outcry, former CEO John Browne helped move the company from mid-sized to a kind of "Goldman Sachs" of the oil industry). The authors, both veteran reporters, certainly did their research, noting that BP's plans for managing a disaster on the Gulf Coast were incomplete and apparently copied from Arctic scenarios; documents include recovery plans for "walruses, seals and sea lions." They also unearth past disasters, such as BP's 2005 Texas City refinery explosion in which 15 died, and an oil leak in Alaska in March of 2006 that led the House Energy and Commerce Committee to determine that BP had inadequately maintained its pipeline network, a discovery that led the authors to determine that company incentives as far back as the 1990s helped create the Deepwater disaster. Unfortunately the narrative lacks the emotional color that made this story so compelling. What could have been fascinating is instead just gritty and bleak.
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“…the latest, and probably the best, of what one might call the “private sector” books about the BP spill…by a pair of talented and experienced Bloomberg reporters”
Financial Times

“Among the first to bring a book to the public are the Bloomberg News team of Stanley Reed and Alison Fitzgerald. Reed, based in London, had covered BP for more than a decade before the explosion.  Fitzgerald is a Washington, D.C., correspondent ferreting out the political angles of corporate influence. The two journalists make a logical team, and their book is often enlightening about the corporate-political nexus that placed enrichment of the already rich and aggrandizement of the already influention above the common good. . . Reed and Fitzgerald personalize BP by devoting lots of space to John Browne, the flamboyant chief executive officer from 1995-2007. . . He is by far the most memorable character in the book.”
USA Today


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrei Katyk on January 11, 2011
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The vast majority of press reports about BP's horrific oil spill revolved around environmental consequences and clean up efforts. This books fills in the gaps. It explains the fascinating details behind deep water drilling - and what went wrong in this case. And it gives the story of the rise of BP - and John Browne - and shows how a corporate culture that valued profit above safety eventually led to this environmental and economic catastrophe. Great story well told.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark James on January 11, 2011
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I opened the book upon receipt to scan the forward, and was immediately taken in. This true account of the business culture at BP reads like an international thriller, since the reader knows the disaster is coming. The corporate "characters" were introduced in advance, keeping the reader on top of the interplay from the start. The global nature of the executive story juxtaposed with the oil rig setting of the gulf was fascinating. As a lay person, reading what goes on behind the scenes was enthralling, and the writers clearly had detailed knowledge of both the main players and the industry. A great read, better than an industry expose, more fun than a bestselling thriller by Grisham or Clancy! Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Durden on January 14, 2011
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It does read like a novel. A very enjoyable story of the inside politics and characters of a giant multinational corporation. Compelling and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiseprof on February 13, 2011
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The book is very well written and reflects the vast knowledge that the authors have about the industry and its inner workings. Barring some poor editing in spots, the book comes across as a fast paced examination of the events leading up to the disaster at Macondo. It is a fairly even handed examination of the fiasco and does not dwell too much on the mundane details which have been published elsewhere. The value and appeal of the book is in its in-depth character examinations of the key players - especially Lord Browne. While the best and perhaps the most definitive book on the disaster thus far will remain the Government report, I would also recommend reading Loren Steffy's Drowning in oil as a good complement to this one.
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