The Big Rich

This is the story of oil in Texas, focusing on four families:  H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, Roy Cullen and Sid Richardson/Bass Brothers.  I learned a lot about Texas history and oil and the impact of oil money on national politics, but this was not a pleasant read.  It was sad to see the emptiness and at times the self-destructiveness, of these families despite their wealth (or, because of their extreme wealth).

Bryan Burrough is a gifted researcher and writer, and the book is replete with fascinating anecdotes, but the sordid tale became tedious before it was told.