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100 1  Pickens, T. Boone|q(Thomas Boone) 
245 14 The first billion is the hardest :|breflections on a life 
       of comebacks and America's energy future /|cT. Boone 
246 3  1st billion is the hardest 
250    First edition. 
264  1 New York :|bCrown Publishers,|c[2008] 
264  4 |c©2008 
300    vii, 260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :
       |billustrations (some color) ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
500    Includes index. 
505 0  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. 
520    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. 
600 10 Pickens, T. Boone|q(Thomas Boone) 
650  0 Petroleum industry and trade. 
650  0 Success in business.