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The Frackers tells of high risk and high reward in the US

A new book tells the definitive inside story of the US shale boom. Review by Derek Brower

A decade ago US oil and gas production was falling, demand was rising and energy prices were about to set off on their great bull run. Shale drilling turned the outlook on its head. Now producing more gas than any other country, the US will also soon be the world's biggest oil producer. Unless you've slept through the past five years, you'll know the gist of the story. But a new book by the Wall Street Journal's Gregory Zuckerman puts flesh on it all. The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Wildcatters* is a tale of high-stakes gambling, wayward corporate governance and, above all, the gutsiness of men who refused to accept that the

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