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Author Pickens, T. Boone (Thomas Boone)

Title The first billion is the hardest : reflections on a life of comebacks and America's energy future / T. Boone Pickens.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Crown Publishers, [2008]
©2008
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  338.7622338 PIC    AVAILABLE
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Description vii, 260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Note Includes index.
Contents Blood, guts, and feathers -- "A big deal takes as much time as a little deal" -- Starting over -- The bottom of the canyon -- Loading the boat -- It's all about the team -- Learning to live with peak oil -- Going long and scoring big -- Stepping up my giving -- "Roll up the maps!" -- Mixing oil and water -- The biggest deal of my career: wind -- The big idea: an energy plan for America.
Summary At 80, T. Boone Pickens is a legendary figure. Known as the "Oracle of Oil" because of his uncanny ability to predict fuel prices, he built Mesa Petroleum, one of the largest independent oil companies in the United States, from a $2,500 investment. In the 1980s, Pickens executed a series of unsolicited buyouts of undervalued oil companies, reinventing the notion of shareholders' rights. When Pickens left Mesa at 68 after a downward spiral, many counted him out. What followed was a divorce, depression, and the loss of 90 percent of his capital. Then he staged one of the most impressive comebacks in the industry, turning his remaining $3 million into $8 billion in just a few years. Today, Pickens is making some of the world's most colossal energy bets, staking billions on the conviction that he knows what's coming. Here, he spells out that future in detail.
Subject Pickens, T. Boone (Thomas Boone)
Petroleum industry and trade.
Success in business.
Added Title 1st billion is the hardest
ISBN 9780307395771
0307395774
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