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 explosionas well as a riveting insiders view of the byzantine culture of offshore drilling that made the disaster inevitable As the world continues to cope with the oil spills grim aftermathwith environmental and economic consequences all the dire in a region still rebuilding from Hurricane KatrinaKonrad and Schroders real time account of the disaster shows us just where things went wrong, and points the way to a safer future for us all....
|Title||:||Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster|
|Publisher||:||Harper First Edition edition March 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||896 KB|
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Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster Reviews
As a retired oilfield veteran with over 33 years of experience working in "the patch," I was spellbound. Though my offshore experience was limited to a couple of barge jobs in the bays of S TX, the oilfield is a network of similar branches on a single family tree. Having survived more than a few dicey situations onshore, I empathized with most of the players while understanding the conditions and actions - and mistakes - leading to and resulting from the Deepwater Horizon incident.
I liked this book. I loved all the details about how to drill an oil well offshore. It is truly amazing that this works at all. The blow by blow of the accident was great. I would have given it 5 stars if it had an ending. The book ended part way through various hearings and lawsuits. Maybe it is still in court and the author wanted to get the book out, but it seems like a partial draft that just stops.
I really enjoyed reading Fire on the Horizon. Especially as events recede from public view, books like this become more important. While there's often just a vague memory of the event in the public consciousness, Konrad tells a compelling of what went wrong and how. I read this is one sitting, and was inspired to do more research on the events described, which is unusual to me. I'd highly recommend this book.
Excellent book well written by someone who really knows the oil drilling business. Learnt a lot of things about BP which was not the bad guy despite the bad publicity received during the dreadful fire and loss of life.
This is a very well written account of an event we all watched play out on tv. As an oil field veteran, reading this reaffirms the danger of cutting corners to save money. The author tried to simplify what, and how, things are done on a rig. And, for the most part, did a good job. Read this in 2 days, couldn't put it down.
Extremely well written ... This was a very horrific story .... should never have happened.....our hearts go out to all the families involved ... so many lives wrecked forever ..... I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to get an insight into what really happened....I was unable to put this book down till finished
I think that this is a well written summary of the events that happened on the Deepwater Horizon. It gives you background on people and makes them human, while just enough technical information for the layperson to understand the process of drilling a well. It honors those who died and tells just how dangerous these rigs are.
As a member of gCaptain, I received an email about this book when it came out. I was excited to see a book written by a fellow mariner, so I bought it for my next hitch. Currently I am working tugs for the better schedule to be home with my family, while trying my best to get into a Gulf job, which would be even better.