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The Greatest Gamblers: The Epic of American Oil Exploration

Knowles, Ruth Sheldon

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ISBN 10: 0806115130 / ISBN 13: 9780806115139
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1978
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Second Edition. A clean and unmarked copy. First printing of the Second Edition. Full black cloth binding. 376pp., photos, index. Dust jacket is slightly rubbed at tips, spine mildly sunned, offered in a new mylar cover. Size: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 038392

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Title: The Greatest Gamblers: The Epic of American ...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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"Oil," writes Ruth Sheldon Knowles. "IS the most hazardous, expensive, heartbreaking gambling game in the world." And, as this book dramatically proves, the men who have been the gamblers of the American oil business have been some of the most colorful and fantastic personalities in our historv. The Greatest Gamblers is the storv of our remarkable oilmen and the vast Industry they have created-from its simple beginnings in 1859 at TitusVille, Pennsylvania, to the big-business oil operations of today. Here are the wildcatters, the prospectors, the scientists, the hunch players (Mrs. Knowles points out that independent oilmen have discovered more than threefourths of America's oil fields). Here you will meet "unlucky" Dad Joiner, whose fortunes changed only in his seventies when a worthless ten-acre tract of Texas wasteland proved the key to one of America's two biggest oil fields; and H. L. Hunt, Who parlayed an oil lease he won at a poker game into an oil business that made him one of the richest men in the United States. Harry Sinclair ... Toin Slick ... Mike Benedum ... Everette DeGolver . . . Charles Canfield . . . Edward Doheny-the pages of this book are crowded with the stories of such men, their tough boom toNVIIs, their dogged persistence and wild successes, and the brutal competition they faced. But The Greatest Gamblers is also the story of a prospectors' rush that has become an organized industrv. An absorbing portion of the book tells how the industry has found neW uses for petroleum and its by products, and how this sometimes involved as much heartbreak as prospecting. There were the ships that exploded when oilmen first tried to market petroleum as marine fueL the locomotive roundhouse that blew up when they first tried to convert railroads to oil. Mrs. Knowles discusses knowledgeably the present predicament of the petroleum industry and what is necessary to find and develop America's remaining great oil and gas resources.

About the Author:

Ruth Sheldon Knowles is a seasoned oil woman in her own right. She is an internationally known petroleum specialist, writer, foreign correspondent, and lecturer. In addition to several books, Mrs. Knowles has written for leading popular magazines, newspapers, and professional journals.

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