The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil and One Family's Search for the American Dream

The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil and One Family's Search for the American Dream

By: Bryan Mealer (author)Hardback

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In the winter of 1981, Bryan Mealeds father, Bobby, receives a call from an old friend with a deviously simple question, 'How'd you like to be a millionaire?' Twenty-six, and with a young family, Bobby had left his home town of Big Spring in West Texas, a town of oil booms and busts, to seek his fortune away from the legacy of black gold his forefathers had chased. But now Big Spring's streets are flooded again with money and Texas T, a boom so big that 46% of the world's oil is bubbling up from west Texas soil and a fevered American dream has taken hold as fortune hunters pour in, oil rigs sprout up like dandelions in the field, and millionaires are minted each day. Grady Cunningham, Bobby's old friend, is one of the fresh kings of Big Spring. Flashy, loud, smart as a whip and richer than sin, Grady pulls Bobby Mealer and his young wife into his glamorous orbit. There's a cushy job for Bobby as VP of Grady's oil company, weekend jaunts to the Bahamas in private jets, shopping sprees in Paris and lost weekends in New Orleans. But beneath these glittering lives is a side of life as dark as the oil which pays for it. Drugs take hold, marriages crumble, accidents happen and most importantly, wells run dry. But the story starts over a hundred years ago, when Bryan's great grandfather left Appalachia to first venture West to seek his fortune. The heartaches, the triumphs, the pain and the pleasure that accompanies the booms and subsequent busts is keenly felt and endlessly repeated. In The Kings of Big Spring, Bryan Mealer has written an indelible portrait of a family through three generations of boom and bust, and a legacy of fortune and ruin as big as Texas itself.

About Author

Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - written with William Kamkwamba - which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and will soon be released as a major motion picture. He's also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his time covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Associated Press and Harper's. His other work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Esquire, the Guardian, and the New York Times. Mealer and his family live in Austin.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781250058911
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781250058911
  • ISBN10: 1250058910

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