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Reads like a ‘People’ magazine.
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2021
Save your money. Zuckerman writes… and writes,…and writes… 🤤 recounting (over and over) the (same but different) personal stories that illustrate how ‘wildcatters’ have always followed the same playbook: dream big, take risks, succeed/fail, start over.
At the beginning, his retelling of the characters and their accounts is interesting… but damn, by the time I was halfway through, I realized the book was simply a disorganized compilation of the author’s media review and interview notes.
Never does he fully attempt to assist the reader in understanding what fracking fundamentally is. To his credit, he does attempt to explain the most obvious advancements, by devoting a sentence or two about horizontal/directional boring, and fracking fluid advancements. But these only make it more obvious that any acumen Zuckerman may possess is not an ability to condense technical miracles in digestible bytes an average reader can ingest, but by compiling a ~400 page tome that reads like a ‘People’ magazine article. As a reader who paid a premium for the hardcover book (based on what must be bogus reviews) expecting to learn more about the overall environmental impact of fracking has had so far, and what can be expected going forward, I’m pissed…Enough to write this review.