• History

Fire on the Horizon

The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster
Author: Tom Shroder,John Konrad
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062063022
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 5561
"A phenomenal feat of journalism. . . . I tore through it like a novel but with the queasy knowledge that the whole damn thing is true." —Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War Blending exclusive first-person interviews and penetrating investigative reporting, oil rig captain John Konrad and veteran Washington Post writer Tom Shroder give the definitive, white-knuckled account of the Deepwater Horizon explosion—as well as a riveting insider’s view of the byzantine culture of offshore drilling that made the disaster inevitable. As the world continues to cope with the oil spill’s grim aftermath—with environmental and economic consequences all the more dire in a region still rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina—Konrad and Schroder’s real-time account of the disaster shows us just where things went wrong, and points the way to a safer future for us all.

    • History

Fire on the Horizon LP

The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster
Author: Tom Shroder,John Konrad
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062066544
Category: History
Page: 378
View: 7162
A real-life thriller in the tradition of The Perfect Storm, Fire on the Horizon recounts the life of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig—from its construction in South Korea in the year 2000 to its journey around the world to its disastrous end. On and off the rig, Fire on the Horizon reveals the particulars of a culture most of us have never known, from the small maritime colleges to Transocean's training schools and Houston headquarters, and culminates in the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, when the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking the lives of eleven people and leaving an unprecedented swath of natural destruction in its fiery wake.

    • Business & Economics

A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea

The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher
Author: Joel Achenbach
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451625375
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 276
View: 7867
Documents the race to seal the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico, describing how Deepwater Horizon challenged the world's leading scientists and engineers to stop the leak and discover why it exploded in the first place.

    • Technology & Engineering

Disaster on the Horizon

High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout
Author: Bob Cavnar
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603583173
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 248
View: 2927
Disaster on the Horizon is a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, which led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. Cavnar uses his 30 years in the business to take readers inside the disaster, exposing the decisions leading up to the blowout and the immediate aftermath. It includes personal accounts of the survivors, assembled from testimony during various investigations, as well as personal interviews with survivors, witnesses, and family. It also provides a layman's look at the industry, its technology, people, and risks. It deconstructs events and decisions made by BP, Transocean, and the US Government before and after the disaster, and the effects of those decisions, both good and bad. Cavnar explains what happened in the Gulf, explores how we arrived at deep water drilling in the first place and then charts a course for how to avoid these disasters in the future.

    • Business & Economics

Death and Oil

The True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea
Author: Bradford Matsen
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307378810
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 203
View: 5195
Documents the events of the 1988 oil rig disaster on the North Sea, drawing on interviews with survivors and family members, the Occidental Petroleum company and rescue workers to trace the gas leak that triggered the explosion and the devastation it continues to inflict. By the author of Jacques Cousteau.

    • Social Science

A Sea in Flames

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout
Author: Carl Safina
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307887375
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
View: 3810
Carl Safina has been hailed as one of the top 100 conservations of the 20th century (Audubon Magazine) and A Sea in Flames is his blistering account of the months-long manmade disaster that tormented a region and mesmerized the nation. Traveling across the Gulf to make sense of an ever-changing story and its often-nonsensical twists, Safina expertly deconstructs the series of calamitous misjudgments that caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout, zeroes in on BP’s misstatements, evasions, and denials, reassesses his own reaction to the government’s crisis handling, and reviews the consequences of the leak—and what he considers the real problems, which the press largely overlooked. Safina takes us deep inside the faulty thinking that caused the lethal explosion. We join him on aerial surveys across an oil-coated sea. We confront pelicans and other wildlife whose blue universe fades to black. Safina skewers the excuses and the silly jargon—like “junk shot” and “top kill”—that made the tragedy feel like a comedy of horrors—and highlighted Big Oil’s appalling lack of preparedness for an event that was inevitable. Based on extensive research and interviews with fishermen, coastal residents, biologists, and government officials, A Sea In Flames has some surprising answers on whether it was “Obama’s Katrina,” whether the Coast Guard was as inept in its response as BP was misleading, and whether this worst unintended release of oil in history was really America’s worst ecological disaster. Impassioned, moving, and even sharply funny, A Sea in Flames is ultimately an indictment of America’s main addiction. Safina writes: “In the end, this is a chronicle of a summer of pain—and hope. Hope that the full potential of this catastrophe would not materialize, hope that the harm done would heal faster than feared, and hope that even if we didn’t suffer the absolutely worst—we’d still learn the big lesson here. We may have gotten two out of three. That’s not good enough. Because: there’ll be a next time.” From the Hardcover edition.

    • BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010

In Deep Water

The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and How to End Our Oil Addiction
Author: Peter Lehner,Bob Deans
Publisher: OR Books
ISBN: 1935928090
Category: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010
Page: 173
View: 3697
Describes the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the environmental, economic, and social damage done by the subsequent oil spill, and suggests ways to prevent another such disaster through decreased dependence on petroleum products.

    • Business & Economics

Blowout in the Gulf

The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America
Author: William R. Freudenburg,Robert Gramling
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262015838
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 254
View: 1981
Explains both the disaster and the decisions that led up to it and argues that for the future the emphasis needs to be on prevention and that risk-management policies be based on better understandings of humans and hardware.

    • Technology & Engineering

Fire in the Night

The Piper Alpha Disaster
Author: Stephen McGinty
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0230738877
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 304
View: 5453
The fire was visible from seventy miles away and the heat generated was so intense that a helicopter could only circle the rig at a perimeter of one mile. On the surface of the sea, a converted fishing trawler inched as close as possible, but the paint on the vessel’s hull blistered and burnt. In the water surrounding the inferno, men’s heads could be seen bobbing like apples as their yellow hard hats melted with the heat. On 6 July 1988 a series of explosions ripped through the Piper Alpha oil platform, 110 miles north-east of Aberdeen in the North Sea. Ablaze with 226 men on board, the searing temperatures caused the platform to collapse in just two hours. Only sixty-one would survive by leaping over 100 feet into the water below. Newly updated for the thirtieth year since the tragedy, Fire in the Night by journalist Stephen McGinty tells in gripping detail the devastating story of that summer evening. Combining interviews with survivors, witness statements and transcripts from the official inquiry into the disaster, this is the moving and vivid tale of what remains the worst offshore oil-rig disaster to date.

    • Business & Economics

Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster


Author: Abrahm Lustgarten
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393083160
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 400
View: 6354
It was Big Oil's nightmare moment, and the dominoes began falling years before the well was drilled. Two decades ago, British Petroleum, a venerable and storied corporation, was running out of oil reserves. Along came a new CEO of vision and vast ambition, John Browne, who pulled off one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in history. BP bought one company after another and then relentlessly fired employees and cut costs. It skipped safety procedures, pumped toxic chemicals back into the ground, and let equipment languish, even while Browne claimed a new era of environmentally sustainable business as his own. For a while the strategy worked, making BP one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Then it all began to unravel, in felony convictions for environmental crimes and in one deadly accident after another. Employees and regulators warned that BP’s problems, unfixed, were spinning out of control, that another disaster—bigger and deadlier—was inevitable. Nobody was listening. Having reported on business and the energy industry for nearly a decade, Abrahm Lustgarten uses interviews with key executives, former government investigators, and whistle-blowers along with his exclusive access to BP’s internal documents and emails to weave a spellbinding investigative narrative of hubris and greed well before the gulf oil spill.

    • Business & Economics

Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit


Author: Loren C. Steffy
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071761772
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
View: 6407
The unprecedented account of how BP's win-at-all-costs culture led to this era's greatest industrial catastrophe Award-winning Houston Chronicle journalist Loren Steffy delivers an authoritative and hard-hitting account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that reveals how it's only part of a larger pattern of corporate hubris on the part of British Petroleum. Written by the reporter many consider to be closest to BP and the Gulf environmental catastrophe, Drowning in Oilis a complete narrative of the British energy giant, as well as the impact its recent miscues will have on both the US economy and global energy markets. Featuring original, never-before-published interviews with BP executives, environmental experts, and oil industry insiders, this book takes readers behind the scenes to reveal in unprecedented detail BP's win-at-all-costs corporate culture. Steffy covers 100 years of BP corporate history from the conglomerate's early gambits in Persia's oilfields through its role in Winston Churchill's rise to power up to its recent scandals and disasters. Worthy of comparisons to Daniel Yergin's The Prize, and Burrough's and Helyar's Barbarians at the Gate, Drowning in Oil will become the definitive account of the energy industry as the industrialized world nears the age of Peak Oil. Exhaustively researched and extensively documented The first full-length examination of how one of the world's biggest corporations set itself up for failure on an epic scale A no-punches-pulled account of energy, environmentalism, and the intense competition among stakeholders in today's oil markets

    • Social Science

Into the Raging Sea

Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
Author: Rachel Slade
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062699717
Category: Social Science
Page: 416
View: 5071
ONE OF JANET MASLIN’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE ONE OF OUTSIDE MAGAZINE’S BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER “A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times Book Review “A Perfect Storm for a new generation.” —Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming. A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

    • Business & Economics

Deepwater Horizon


Author: Earl Boebert,James M. Blossom
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674545230
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 290
View: 1168
In 2010 BP’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe spiraled into the worst human-made economic and ecological disaster in Gulf Coast history. In the most comprehensive account to date, senior systems engineers Earl Boebert and James Blossom show how corporate and engineering decisions, each one individually innocuous, interacted to create the disaster.

    • History

Fire on the Horizon Early Excerpt

The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster
Author: Tom Shroder,John Konrad
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062089226
Category: History
Page: N.A
View: 939
A real-life thriller in the tradition of The Perfect Storm In the spring of 2010 the world watched for weeks as more than 200 million gallons of crude oil billowed from a hole three miles deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of various and imminent environmental consequences dominated the news. Deepwater drilling—largely ignored or misunderstood to that point—exploded in the American consciousness in the worst way possible. Fire on the Horizon, written by veteran oil rig captain John Konrad and longtime Washington Post journalist Tom Shroder, recounts in vivid detail the life of the rig itself, from its construction in South Korea in the year 2000 to its improbable journey around the world to its disastrous end, and reveals the day-to-day lives, struggles, and ambitions of those who called it home. From the little-known maritime colleges to Transocean's training schools and Houston headquarters to the small towns all over the country where the wives and children of the Horizon's crew lived in the ever-present shadow of risk hundreds of miles away, Fire on the Horizon offers full-scale portraits of the Horizon's captain, its chief mate, its chief mechanic, and others. What emerges is a white-knuckled chronicle of engineering hubris at odds with the earth itself, an unusual manifestation of corporate greed and the unforgettable heroism of the men and women on board the Deepwater Horizon. Here is the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, when the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking with it the lives of eleven people and leaving behind a swath of unprecedented natural destruction.

    • Body, Mind & Spirit

Old Souls

Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives
Author: Thomas Shroder
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743218922
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 256
View: 3161
A riveting firsthand account of one man’s mission to investigate and document some of the most astonishing phenomena of our time—children who speak of past life memory and reincarnation. All across the globe, small children spontaneously speak of previous lives, beg to be taken “home,” pine for mothers and husbands and mistresses from another life, and know things that there seems to be no normal way for them to know. From the moment these children can talk, they speak of people and events from the past—not vague stories of centuries ago, but details of specific, identifiable individuals who may have died just months, weeks, or even hours before the birth of the child in question. For thirty-seven years, Dr. Ian Stevenson has traveled the world from Lebanon to suburban Virginia investigating and documenting more than two thousand of these past life memory cases. Now, his essentially unknown work is being brought to the mainstream by Tom Shroder, the first journalist to have the privilege of accompanying Dr. Stevenson in his fieldwork. Shroder follows Stevenson into the lives of children and families touched by this phenomenon, changing from skeptic to believer as he comes face-to-face with concrete evidence he cannot discount in this spellbinding and true story.

    • Technology & Engineering

Drilling Down

The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma
Author: Joseph A. Tainter,Tadeusz W. Patzek
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441976772
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 242
View: 9206
For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover.

    • History

Acid Test

LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
Author: Tom Shroder
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101605111
Category: History
Page: 448
View: 4686
“A book that should start a long-overdue national conversation.” —Dave Barry With the F.D.A. agreeing to new trials to test MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD—which, if approved, could be available as a drug by 2021—Acid Test is leading the charge in an evolving conversation about psychedelic drugs. Despite their current illegality, many Americans are already familiar with their effects. Yet while LSD and MDMA have proven extraordinarily effective in treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD, they still remain off-limits to the millions who might benefit from them. Through the stories of three very different men, award-winning journalist Tom Shroder covers the drugs’ roller-coaster history from their initial reception in the 1950s to the negative stereotypes that persist today. At a moment when popular opinion is rethinking the potential benefits of some illegal drugs, and with new research coming out every day, Acid Test is a fascinating and informative must-read.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

The BP Oil Spill


Author: Peter Benoit
Publisher: Childrens Press
ISBN: 9780531206300
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 8000
Photographs, maps, time lines, and easy-to-follow text describe the events surrounding the 2010 British Petroleum/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived

A True Story of My Family
Author: Tom Shroder
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399174591
Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Page: 402
View: 8055
Author and journalist Tom Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from examining the claims of children who appear to remember previous lives for his book Old Souls, to chronicling an Iraq war veteran's near fatal struggle with PTSD and the psychedelic drug treatments that saved him in his most recent, Acid Test. Shroder's most fascinating reporting, however, comes from within his own family - his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, was world-famous in the 1950s and 1960s for his seminal Pulitzer-winning novel of the Civil War, Andersonville. As a child, Shroder was in awe of the larger-than-life character. Kantor's friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Gregory Peck, and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to John D. MacDonald, and 'discovered' the singer Burl Ives. He wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He also ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay s memoirs, penning the infam

    • Fiction

Moxyland


Author: Lauren Beukes
Publisher: Mulholland Books
ISBN: 0316267902
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 9214
Lauren Beukes's frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable that follows four narrators living in a dystopian near-future. Kendra, an art-school dropout, brands herself for a nanotech marketing program. Lerato, an ambitious AIDS baby, plots to defect from her corporate employers. Tendeka, a hot-headed activist, is becoming increasingly rabid. Toby, a roguish blogger, discovers that the video games he plays for cash are much more than they seem. On a collision course that will rewire their lives, these characters crackle with bold and infectious ideas, connecting a ruthless corporate-apartheid government with video games, biotech attack dogs, slippery online identities, a township soccer school, shocking cell phones, addictive branding, and genetically modified art. Taking hedonistic trends in society to their ultimate conclusions, Lauren Beukes spins a tale of a utopia gone wrong, satirically undermining the idea of progress as society's white knight.