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Great American Outpost

Great American Outpost

Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier

The story of the twenty-first-century gold rush to the gas and oil fields of North Dakota–and of the migrants, criminals, and oil barons willing to do whatever it takes to cash in

The word was that you could earn $17,000 a month in the Bakken Oil Field of North Dakota. So they flooded in: the pioneers, outcasts, dreamers, failures, drifters, deadbeats, profiteers, and felons. And so did Maya Rao, a journalist from neighboring Minnesota who in 2015 embedded herself in the surreal new American frontier.

With an eye for the dark, humorous, and absurd, Rao set out in steel-toe boots to chronicle the largest oil boom since the 1968 discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, reporting from truck stops, oil tanks, and North Dakota bars.

Part Barbara Ehrenreich, part Upton Sinclair, this is an on-the-ground narrative of capitalism and industrialization as a rural, insular community transformed into a colony of outsiders hustling for profit–a sobering exploration of twenty-first-century America that reads like a frontier novel.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / United States / State & Local / Midwest (ia, Il, In, Ks, Mi, Mn, Mo, Nd, Ne, Oh, Sd, Wi)

On Sale: April 24th 2018

Price: $17.99

Page Count: 336

ISBN-13: 9781610396479

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