Texas Independent Oilmen
Business History - Texas History - Western History
6 x 9, 264 pp.
12 b&w photos., Gloss.
Pub Date: 05/24/2007
Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History
Price:        $22.95

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Texas Independent Oilmen

By Roger M. Olien and Diana Davids Hinton

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.

ROGER M. OLIEN, who holds a Ph.D. from Brown University, lives in Austin and is a member of the TSHA Speakers Bureau.DIANA DAVIDS HINTON holds the J. Conrad Dunagan Chair in regional and business history at the University of Texas–Permian Basin. Her Ph.D. is from Yale University.

What Readers Are Saying:

"This valuable and well-researched study must be consulted by anyone who has a serious interest in the petroleum industry and how it works." --The Chronicles of Oklahoma

“Read this book for an understanding of the strategies that have kept the independents alive and generally well.” --Jo Ann Stiles, East Texas Historical Association


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