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Great American Outpost

Maya Rao ✓ 4 Read

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than 40 years was immediately drawn to Maya Rao s Great American Outpost I missed out on seeing the Bakkan Play explosion in North Dakota but heard many tales over the years about what life was like up there during the boom years the years when the state was almost overrun by oil company personnel and their subcontractors plus every shyster con man and ex con who could find his way there Having witnessed firsthand what it is like when multiple oil companies descend upon an area to get oil leases signed before the competition can get it done my automatic sympathies were with the landowners and longtime esidents of that part of the state And from what Rao has to say in her book those sympathies were well placedThe energy The Great American Outpost is a scattershot memoir of the North Dakota fracking oil boom and its impact on local esidentsIn 2011 the first horizontal fracking oil well was drilled in North Dakota What followed totally changed the laid back farming vibe of the state Out of state workers flooded the area in search of unskilled and truck driving jobs paying upwards of 150000 a year Many were criminals drunks andor avoiding their upwards of 150000 a year Many were criminals drunks andor avoiding their support orders The jails were so full they had to take criminals to Montana to house them With so many large trucks on the oad locals were dying The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism regularly in traffic accidents Enterprising locals upped their food prices over 100% Housing was scarce One English con man scammed international investors with aesident hotel Ponzi schemeWhile somewhat interesting the Great American Outpost didn t hold my interest throughout It needed some editing to mine a coherent plot from its episodic stories of North Dakota s oil ush 3 starsThanks to the publisher Public AffairsPerseus Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy I ve spent almost my entire life in southwestern North Dakota only a few hours away from the epicenter of the ecent oil boom in the Bakken And even down here on the fringes of the boom it s hard to believe how much has changed in such a short period of time Maya Rao spent two years in the Bakken investigating these changes talking to farmers and A Kangaroo's Life ranchers oil workers from around the world oil executives and government officials Rao has written a book that brings to light how complicated this boom has been for everyone involved while keeping an open mind andemaining neutral The boom was omanticized then villainized by everyone who has survived it depending on which side you e on of course Rao is unbiased in her Filosofía e inmanencia reporting of the issues making this a perfectead for anyone who is interested in learning what life was and is The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: The Drums of Life really like in the Bakken As someone who lives on the very edge of the oil activity it gave me a much clear idea of what happened during the boombust to my neighbors to the North It s not as clear cut as some would believe and Rao does an excellent job showing both sides of the story This is a great book for anyone who is interested in learning about the largest oil boom in modern history told by the people who lived itThank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book In this stunning masterpiece debut Great American Outpost Dreamers Mavericks and The Making of an Oil Frontier author journalist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune Maya Rao tells the extraordinary story of the North Dakota Bakken Oil Boom 2010 2015 that centered in the city of Williston ND At the peak of the boom the area filled with thousands of new arrivals and has often been compared to the 1849 San Francisco Gold Rush The Dakota badlands in the Bakken formation contain the largest oileserves in the US after TexasWith the price of oil selling for 10000 a barrel oil fracking was used to extract oil from the bowels of the earth each frack was serviced by one to five million gallons of water Fresh water was hauled in and salt toxin water hauled out About 2300 truck loads were euired to service each operating oil well Unfortunately investigators found cases of illegal waste water and other forms of disposal which was forbidden by state and federal egulations Corporate oil companies were fined fees were paid etc However polluted portions of the land were inhabitable and destroyed for future generations Large semi s and industrial trucks clogged Hwy 85 through Williston and traffic accidents Murder in Gutenthal resulting in many deaths were common The entire area was changing soapidly with all kinds of construction from man camps RV and mobile home parks strip malls tavernsbars gas with service stations and every form parks strip malls tavernsbars gas with service stations and every form business to accommodate the influx of people arriving from around the globe All forms of services food and lodging were offered at exorbitant costs With the. The story of a twenty first century American frontier–where the free market One of Our Thursdays Is Missing reigns supreme as profiteersush to develop a massive new oilfieldThe word was that you could earn 17000 a month in the Bakken Oilfield of North Dakota So they flooded in the profiteers deadbeats ex cons dreamers and doers And so too did Maya Rao a journalist who embedded herself in the surreal new American frontierWith an eye. ,
Unrelenting sub zero winter temperatures snow the wind chill factor the Badlands Life Brutal life was brutal those living in their cars or small trailers unable to afford basic shelterAt the height of the boom the urban On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski research and civil engineering staff were unable to accurately map population growth Maya was stunned at the level of criminal activity A charming British con man disappeared with a fortune stolen from investors from Singapore and other locations abroad calls went unanswered investigative authorities were unable to trace or find him A wellegarded business woman was arrested sent to prison for operating drug ing based out of multiple locations and states Maya ode in a tanker the driver offered to teach her Maya The People from the Sea rode in a tanker the driver offered to teach her drive a truck and get her CDL Commercial Driver s License so she could get a land a well paying job at about 80000 per year The experienced oil field workers arrived from Texas and Oklahoma they wereoughnecks wildcatters tool pushers drillers the work was demanding dangerous and very hard Most of the men were single espectable and esponsible fatherhood was typically measured by child support payments of sons and daughters the men seldom heard from or didn t know In 2015 with a global surplus of oil the barrels of crude oil prices began a apid decline Corporate oil companies were turning towards pipelines over using truck transport This would aise serious environmental concerns that are still being addressed Workers began leaving Williston as uickly as they had arrived This culturally outstanding work accurately portrays a boom and bust cycle of an all American town events and people daring enough to Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher risk everything they had for a better way of life With much appreciation and thanks to Hachette Book Group via NetGalley for the DDC for the purpose ofeview This was fascinating Maya Rao embeds in the Bakken from 2014 2016 to eport on the oil boom She befriends everyone from truck drivers oil ig workers oil executives and shady businessmen Everyone looking to strike it Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, rich She documents theise and fall of the oil industry as only an insider can People who arrived early to the boom were able to get astronomical salaries only to lose it all a short while later She has a great talent for telling their stories and making the Der Ritter und die Bastardtochter reader understand their side of things It was amazing to me the things she was able to get people to talk about Definitely a worthwhileead Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC for Chinaberries and Crows review I moved to North Dakota in 2016 just as Rao was leaving Oil prices were at historic lows and the DAPL protests were at their apex The streets wereunning with Hollywood celebrities and unwashed students from Santa Cruz and Oberlin It was a weird time to move there I guess any time is a weird time to move there but it was a particularly weird time I lived there for 2 years and am in NYC now I think this would have been a subject that grabbed me egardless but my time in the state and my intimate familiarity with the fallout from the oil boom made it extra compelling Rao did her work eally good information gathering It was stupid work honestly she is lucky she was not Blessed Are the Wicked raped or killed or sold into white slavery It happened a lot during the boom mostly to Native American women but not exclusively Rao barely mentions any of that The problem is that the story had no point of view no through line no moral to the story It was an organizational nightmare and bounced from topic to topic like a 10 year old off his Adderall Because it was so disjointed and perhaps because she chose as the only constant character Danny a guy who was dull and irresponsible and most definitely no genius there was nothing to connect with I found my interest wandering with some freuency and found a number of times I had to go back because I had no idea what had just happened Thiseporting in a heavily edited form would have made a great series of articles but it did not make a book A book needs something to hold it together I also suspect that Rao saw these people as her friends I imagine that it is hard to stay objective when you have lived together through the hardships and hazards they did Its an issue I have always had with embedded eporters during wartime Though she mentions offhand that these people might have been sex offenders or con men its often in a whisper she focuses on the good That is what friends do For eporters though that is where you lose the story I admire Rao s grit but I eally wish this book had been better I eally wanted to love this book because the subject matter is so interesting the oil boom in North Dakota and the inevitable isefall cycle brought about by unchecked capitalism The author Maya Rao clearly immersed. For the dark humorous and absurd Rao set out in steel toed boots to chronicle the largest oil boom since the 1968 discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay Alaska Businessmen turned up to estart their careers after bankruptcy or fraud allegations from the financial crisis An ex con found his niche as a YouTube celebrity exposing the underside of oilfield life A high olling Englishman blew investors’ money on 40.
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Herself in the environment What works eally well in this book is how atmospheric it is Her writing soars when she is describing the people and places of the Bakken oil field But there isn t enough context It s never eally made clear why she was eporting on the oil boom Like she was just there There were so many strange asides and observations that didn t uite make sense The book as a whole didn t have a cohesive narrative beyond the ise and a cohesive narrative beyond the ise and of the oil boom I didn t understand how the narrative moved from one chapter to the next and one section to the next BUT as a series of profiles of a very emote place overrun by greed and the people who might be drawn to such a place there s remote place overrun by greed and the people who might be drawn to such a place there s lot to like The author s You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-way Journey You'd Rather Not Make research andeportage are to be commended Curious to see what she does next Well written inside view of the crazy side of American capitalism Rao introduces a ogues gallery of characters along with hard working folks focused on trying to get ahead she covers the full arc of the Bakken from beginning of the boom to bust to semi settled I eceived a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest The Fashion Industry and Its Careers: An Introduction review From the publisher The story of the twenty first century goldush 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 inThe word was that you could earn 17000 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 frontierWith 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 eporting from truck stops oil tanks and North Dakota barsPart Barbara Ehrenreich part Upton Sinclair this is an on the ground narrative of capitalism and industrialization as a ural insular community transformed into a colony of outsiders hustling for profit a sobering exploration of twenty first century America that Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land reads like a frontier novelI have family that moved to North Dakota in search of the dream much like those who went to the Yukon Goldrush and the Goldrush in California all hoping to become millionbillionaires just like that family in the awful TV show Oil The oil is there as is everyone trying to make money off of the workers many live in drafty cold FEMA like trailers and are bombarded with high prices everywhere around them from everything to the grocery store to the prostitutes BUT THEY CAN AFFORD IT This is not new news just ask anyone who lives in Fort McMurray Alberta Canada and has these problems around them young men making money hand over fist and very little to do but drink and watch strippers there to make THEIR fortune Greed is not always good and Maya Rao the author brings that out in a wonderfully written book that at times made me shake my head and wonder if it was actually a novel I waseading Five stars for sure Note I Einführung in die germanistische Linguistik received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalleyRents for apartments on par with San Francisco out in the far northwest of Dakota A local minimum wage needs to be at least 14 to keep up with the amount of money that is flowing around People who arrive from around the country with little than the shirts on their backs uickly finding jobs that let them make six figures yet forced to live in vans or in crowded apartments a la freshly graduated college students Conmen of all shapes and sizes converging together into some of the northernmosteaches of the upper midwest to carry out scams of all sorts in order to try and get a piece of the pieThese are only a few examples from a world of literally life threatening daily work cutthroat greed クロネコ彼氏の甘え方 [Kuroneko Kareshi no Amaekata] rural communities in chaos wild breakneck boom and heartbreaking bust that are so thoroughly documented in this work by Maya Rao At one point a man under investigation from the SEC a woman soon to be busted for a multi state druging and a man wrapped up in a massive waste dumping scandal are all eating dinner together at a party in a swanky new housing development Yet because Rao s documentation of all the absurdities of life around the Bakken Formation at the the height of the Sneeuwwitje moet sterven rush is so thorough this scene doesn t feel even half as outrageous in the context of the book as it sounds here Great American Outpost is a magnificent work of modern day journalistic writing that is exhaustive in coverage of its topic Thanks to Rao s hard work you are going to be incredibly hard pressed to find a intimate look at life in the oil fields of North Dakota. 0 shots of cognac as authorities started to catch on that his housing developments were part of a worldwide Ponzi schemePart Barbara Ehrenreich part Upton Sinclair this is an on the ground narrative of capitalism and industrialization as aural insular community transformed into a colony of outsiders hustling for profit a sobering exploration of twenty first century America that Slavík reads like a frontier nov.

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