Saudi America

Saudi America
The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World

Bestselling author Bethany McLean reveals the true story of fracking's impact—on Wall Street, the economy and geopolitics.

The technology of fracking in shale rock—particularly in the Permian Basin in Texas—has transformed America into the world’s top producer of both oil and natural gas. The U.S. is expected to be “energy independent” and a “net exporter” in less than a decade, a move that will upend global politics, destabilize Saudi Arabia, crush Russia’s chokehold over Europe, and finally bolster American power again.

Or will it?

Journalist Bethany McLean digs deep into the cycles of boom and bust that have plagued the American oil industry for the past decade, from the financial wizardry and mysterious death of fracking pioneer Aubrey McClendon, to the investors who are questioning the very economics of shale itself. McLean finds that fracking is a business built on attracting ever-more gigantic amounts of capital investment, while promises of huge returns have yet to bear out. Saudi America tells a remarkable story that will persuade you to think about the power of oil in a new way.

Saudi America
  • ISBN: 978-0-9997454-4-1
  • Price: 15.99
  • E-Book price: 15.99
  • E-book ISBN: 978-0-9997454-5-8
  • On Sale: September 12, 2018
  • Pages: 144

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About the author

Bethany McLean
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Bethany McLean is the co-author of the bestseller The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron with Peter Elkind. Her second book, which she co-authored with Joe Nocera, is All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. Her most recent book is Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and lives in Chicago.

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Bethany McLean at Seminary Co-Op Bookstore | Chicago, IL

Bethany McLean at Seminary Co-Op Bookstore | Chicago, IL

Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:00pm — 7:00pm

Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
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Chicago, IL 60637

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The Frack Track To Energy, Money And Influence?

The Frack Track To Energy, Money And Influence?

Friday, November 9, 2018
11:45am — 1:30pm

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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9/15/2018, Emily Peck, Felix Salmon, and Anna Szymanski

Slate Money: The Shaky Ground Edition

Slate Money: The Shaky Ground Edition

Emily Peck, Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, and Bethany McLean discuss the financial collapse 10 years later, how it brought on fracking, and a look at the future of the markets.

9/10/2018, Columbia Global Reports

'Saudi America' book trailer: America's Most Reckless Billionaire

'Saudi America' book trailer: America's Most Reckless Billionaire

Journalist Bethany McLean digs deep into the cycles of boom and bust that have plagued the American oil industry for the past decade, from the financial wizardry and mysterious death of fracking pioneer Aubrey McClendon, to the investors who are questioning the very economics of shale itself. McLean finds that fracking is a business built on attracting ever-more gigantic amounts of capital investment, while promises of huge returns have yet to bear out. Saudi America tells a remarkable story that will persuade you to think about the power of oil in a new way.