Crude Awakening

Crude Awakening

Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska

Book - 2011
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Crude Awakening is the rollicking story of politics in America's last frontier and oil province--Alaska, the nation's most wild and mysterious state, where politics and oil blurred on the day wildcatters struck it big in 1968. Living in a northern Never Land, where oil companies and the federal government kept the state living high and wild, a handful of players ran the show. Among them were the late Sen. Ted Stevens and oilman Bill Allen, the Tony Soprano of Alaska who controlled the political machine until the FBI arrived to root out corruption, only to be accused of playing as dirty as those they were investigating. These characters and events paved the way for Sarah Palin's rise to fame and fall from glory in Alaska. Authors Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger chart the epic tale of these three characters, set in a state of soaring hopes, fading dreams, drying oil fields and an uncertain future.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781568584478
Branch Call Number: 979.805 COY 2011 23
Characteristics: xx, 282 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hopfinger, Tony


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Jan 12, 2015

I normally wouldn't have looked at a book like this, but decided to check it out after watching an interesting show on the history channel about the building of Alaska's oil pipeline. While the pipeline plays a major part of the book since without it much of Alaska's oil wouldn't have been accessed, the book is more about the history of the state overall. It still had interesting parts and was a worthwhile read.

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