Texas Independent Oilmen

978-1-58544-606-3 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0 in
264 pp. 12 b&w photos., Gloss.
Pub Date: 05/24/2007


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In the 1970s and 1980s the Texas wildcatter was a recognizable figure in popular culture. Since then, the wildcatter’s role is less celebrated but still important, as shown in the new introduction to this edition of a book originally published in 1984 by Texas Monthly Press.
Drawing heavily on oral histories, this book tells the story of the West Texas independents as a group, looking at their business strategies in the context of their national, regional, and local conditions. The focus is on the Permian Basin and southeastern New Mexico over the sixty-year period in which the region rose to prominence on the American oil scene, producing about one-fifth of the nation’s output. It is a story that covers vast technological change, governmental regulation, and economic fluctuation with profound implications for the oil and gas community.
The new introduction brings the story up-to-date by addressing not only the subsequent careers of the wildcatters described in the book but also the role of independents in the current economy.

Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History

Published by Texas A&M University Press