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The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World by [Gold, Russell]
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*Starred Review* Fracking is a colloquialism that has entered everyday conversation only in the last dozen years, as the drilling operation it refers to, fracturing underground shale deposits to extract oil and gas, has literally and figuratively burst onto the American energy-production landscape. Tagging along with it are all the ideas the word evokes, both good and bad, from energy independence to possible contamination of underground water aquifers. Gold, an award-winning senior energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has the ideal background for creating an engrossing history of fracking, while weighing its benefits against its potential hazards. He describes the scene at a typical fracking operation in North Dakota near a well surrounded by water tanks and monitoring hardware. He profiles Aubrey McLendon, one of fracking’s most enthusiastic champions, whose star fell quickly when he mismanaged company funds. Gold also adds a more personal touch to his report when he describes the unpleasant impact drilling companies had on his parents when they sold the mining rights to their rural Pennsylvania property. Combining lucid explanations of fracking’s technical aspects with the practice’s more dramatic backstory, Gold’s work is a tour de force of contemporary journalism that will captivate anyone concerned with the future of energy consumption and our rapidly changing climate. --Carl Hays

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"Russell Gold’s The Boom is a double quest. He tells the story of the biggest innovation in energy so far in this century—the shale gas revolution. He captures the personalities, and the drama and surprises, and brings clarity to the debate about the environmental impact—and what it means for the U.S. economy and “energy independence.” But it’s also a more personal story – about “The Farm” in rural Pennsylvania where he spent time as a child, and his quest to understand what is happening in this new age of shale gas." (Daniel Yergin, author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World and of The Prize )

“In The Boom, Russell Gold provides a compelling account of the last half century of natural gas technology development. Driven by hunches, large ambitions and even larger personalities, the story of fracking is the story of innovation, American style. Gold delves into the growing conflict between economic development and concerns over environmental damage, and explains why fracking is seen by some as a vital bridge to a sustainable energy future and feared by others as another excuse to postpone addressing the risks of climate change…. The Boom puts a human face on the unfinished story of our struggle to transition to a sustainable world.” (Steven Chu, Former United States Secretary of Energy )

"Gold's book is an early must-read for 2014: it is both a thorough and fascinating examination of the fracking economy and the technological innovations that have made these new riches accessible (including the often catastrophic damage done in the process of obtaining them)." (Gizmodo)

"An insider’s guide to the most controversial energy-production technique in the United States." (Kirkus Reviews)

“Gold delivers an engaging and expansive education on the promise and risks involved with the sudden rise of fracking for oil and natural gas in the United States… Gold delivers a balanced analysis weighing the benefits (the reduced use of dirtier coal, an end to the reliance on foreign oil and foreign entanglements, and sudden and reliable abundance of energy supply) against the pitfalls (the impacts on the environment and quality of life as energy companies stampede to secure leases and rush to drill, often in populated areas). Worthy of the attention of both fracking’s boosters and opponents, Gold’s insightful reportage supplies a well-rounded view of a polarizing subject.” (Publishers Weekly (starred))

“Whether you think fracking is our salvation or an agent of environmental destruction, The Boom is worth your time.” (Forbes.com)

"Combining lucid explanations of fracking’s technical aspects with the practice’s more dramatic backstory, Gold’s work is a tour de force of contemporary journalism that will captivate anyone concerned with the future of energy consumption and
our rapidly changing climate.” (Booklist (starred))

“[R]eaders from both camps, and all the rest of us caught in between, will read ‘The Boom’ and come away feeling like we’ve acquired a more nuanced understanding of an energy play that is changing Texas, changing the United States, and changing the global energy economy.” (Rivard Report)

“This deftly handled account of the shale revolution provides a sobering assessment of the current limits of alternative energy, making for a nuanced treatment of an issue too many would prefer to see in black and white…Mr. Gold performs a valuable service by looking at it from a historical, economic, political and environmental perspective…his clear, thorough treatment of the subject is the starting point for a more informed discussion of energy and environmental policy.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“[The Boom] brings new clarity to a subject awash in hype from all sides… a thoughtful, well-written and carefully researched book that provides the best overview yet of the pros and cons of fracking. Gold quietly leads both supporters and critics of drilling to consider other views.” (Associated Press)

Wall Street Jour­nal energy reporter Russell Gold has produced a thoughtful piece of journalism, exploring the complex landscape of drilling, finance and politics that brought a gusher of oil and gas to a country convinced that its hydrocarbon heyday was over.” (Nature)

"Russell Gold's The Boom, authoritative and fairly balanced, is a welcome guide - the best all-around book yet on fracking." (San Francisco Chronicle)

“[An] engaging story about the rise of fracking and how it has changed the energy landscape. Deep down, the book is a story about individual choices playing out against the wider energy landscape […] And, in the steady hands of Gold, a Wall Street Journal energy reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, the book ranges into a thorough explanation of fracking itself.” (Austin American Statesman)

“The Boom marries the muscly prose of a beat reporter with a flair for finding compelling characters and telling anecdotes around this once-obscure oilfield technology.” (Houston Chronicle)

“An in-depth look at the newest and controversial technique of extracting natural gas and oil.” (Shelf Awareness)

“An excellent, fair-minded, engaging book… Gold’s words tell a dramatic and engrossing story. The book is well-informed and well-told: a great job of reporting.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“Gold brings clarity to a subject awash in hype from all sides. It's a thoughtful, well-written and carefully researched book that provides the best overview yet of the pros and cons of fracking.” (Contra Costa Times)

“[A] revelatory and a cautionary tale…illustrates how dramatically America’s energy equation has been rewritten in less than a decade.” (Texas Monthly)

“Highly recommended…Gold provides a vivid description of the combined vertical and horizontal drilling used in accessing and releasing oil and gas by using hydraulic fracturing methods. His personal encounters with families impacted by drilling and related issues add an extra dimension to his narration. Gold also provides a rich account of the individuals who contributed to the science and engineering that enhanced and advanced the fracking process.” (Choice)


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  • File Size: 3855 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPM7YRM
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