Last year, at our annual family week, a relative handed me a copy of The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes. He should have known better.
I had purposely left reading materials behind. I'm terrible at socializing when there's a book to be read, and was determined to be more engaged for once. The Big Rich spoiled that resolution. Luckily, family week outlasted the book, and I enjoyed both.
What a fun read it was! The bonus for me was the utter appropriateness of reading about the true exploits of the fascinating characters of the early days of Texas oil while visiting the Lone Star State myself.
While a visit to longhorn country may or may not be on your agenda any time soon, perhaps reading Bryan Burrough's amazing account of these high living, risk taking wildcatters and the world they inhabited should be. It's real big, real gritty, real life stuff.