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

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

Label
The Kings of Big Spring : God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream
Title
The Kings of Big Spring
Title remainder
God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream
Statement of responsibility
Bryan Mealer
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
'In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history. They eventually settle in the small town of Big Spring, where fast fortunes are being made from its own reserves of oil. For the next two generations, the Mealers live on the margins of poverty, laboring in the cotton fields and on the drilling rigs that sprout along the flatland. After embracing Pentecostalism during the Great Depression, they rely heavily on their faith to steel them against hardship and despair. But for young Bobby Mealer, the author's father, religion is only an agent for rebellion. In the winter of 1981, when the author is seven years old, Bobby receives a call from an old friend with a simple question, "How'd you like to be a millionaire?" Twenty-six, and with a wife and three kids, Bobby had left his hometown to seek a life removed from the blowing dust and oil fields, and to find spiritual peace. But now Big Spring's streets are flooded again with roughnecks, money, and sin. Boom chasers pour in from the busted factory towns in the north. Drilling rigs rise like timber along the pastures, and poor men become millionaires overnight. Grady Cunningham, Bobby's friend, is one of the newly-minted kings of Big Spring. Loud and flamboyant, with a penchant for floor-length fur coats, Grady pulls Bobby and his young wife into his glamorous orbit. While drilling wells for Grady's oil company, they fly around on private jets and embrace the honky-tonk high life of Texas oilmen. But beneath the Rolexes and Rolls Royce cars is a reality as dark as the crude itself"--
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Biography type
collective biography
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Mealer, Bryan
Dewey number
976.4/858063
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
F391.3
LC item number
.M43 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Mealer, Bryan
  • Mealer, Bobby
  • Big Spring (Tex.)
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Texas
  • Mealer, Bryan
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Families
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Texas
  • Texas
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Texas
Label
The Kings of Big Spring : God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream, Bryan Mealer
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
986976617
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
369 pages
Isbn
9781250058911
Lccn
2017041751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)986976617
Label
The Kings of Big Spring : God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream, Bryan Mealer
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
986976617
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
369 pages
Isbn
9781250058911
Lccn
2017041751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)986976617

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