I Will Never Be a Texan, But…

I will never be a Texan. I have lived in the state since the summer of 1996, have interviewed two governors and reported from more than 100 different countries. But I will never be a Texan. My children, from the moment of their birth, were more Texan than I will be on my dead bed. So be it.

bsborn-7The next best thing happened. Leon Hale read The Boom and liked it. Here’s what he said. 

I just finished “The Boom,” by Russell Gold. This is a remarkably detailed record of the frantic activity going on now in the petroleum industry. All about the shale play, and the controversial fracking process that’s made this oil and gas boom possible. Here’s the book’s subtitle: “How fracking ignited the American Revolution and changed the world.” If you live over, or even near, a shale formation, I think you need to read this book.

Leon Hale is a legendary Houston columnist and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. I am deeply humbled.

Also on the Chronicle website, a Q&A with me.  It’s a very flattering introduction, so I won’t repeat it. But I had fun answering the questions.

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