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Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster by [Shroder, Tom, Konrad, John]
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Fire on the Horizon is a fascinating look at a little-understood industry and a fast-paced and emotional story of the efforts to save the Deepwater Horizon. The authors’ account of the workers’ race to save themselves is thrilling and suspenseful, and yet the book is also a sensitive account of the lives forever changed.  Miami Herald

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/13/v-print/2109991/what-happened-on-deepwater...#ixzz1GWmwiSCV

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Konrad, a veteran oil rig captain, teams up with Shroder (Old Souls) to offer a thorough but plodding look at the "little-understood culture of offshore drilling." Starting in Korea with the construction of the Deepwater Horizon in 2000, the authors leapfrog through time and around the globe to explain the history and mechanics of oil rig life and offshore drilling. Profiles of the (mostly) men who work the rigs shed light on the class tensions aboard as well as on the personalities, educations, and customs of this special set of modern-day mariners. Konrad had close friends on the Horizon and the final chapters are an affecting blend of their firsthand accounts of the explosion. The authors suggest that oil rig blowouts are inevitable: while Transocean Ltd., owner of the Horizon and the world's biggest offshore drilling company, does what it can to prevent common safety hazards, the high cost of delays in the offshore oil business (use of the Horizon was costing BP a minute) encourages management to postpone the maintenance of essential equipment. While informative and undeniably important, the book is so bogged down by clunky prose and jargon that it's difficult to mine its message. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 1352 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZVT4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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