• The New Wild West

  • Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown
  • By: Blaire Briody
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Williston, North Dakota, was a sleepy farm town for generations - until the frackers arrived. The oil companies moved into Williston, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadn't seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience.

But for every person chasing the American dream, there is a darker side - reports of violence and sexual assault skyrocketed, schools overflowed, and housing prices soared. Real estate is such a hot commodity that tent cities popped up, and many workers' only option was to live out of their cars. Farmers whose families had tended the land for generations watched, powerless, as their fields were bulldozed to make way for one oil rig after another.

Written in the vein of Ted Conover and Jon Krakauer, using a mix of first-person adventure and cultural analysis, The New Wild West is the definitive account of what's happening on the ground and what really happens to a community when the energy industry is allowed to set up in a town with little regulation or oversight - and at what cost.

©2017 Blaire Briody (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin's Press.
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We didn’t need to hear about very last detail about the day to lives and pasts of the criminals that she seemed to think were the most interesting aspect of this community. Book could have been half as long and got across her anti industry narrative that she was blatantly shooting for off the bat.

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julie McKay's narration

good book, interesting topic. does the narrator add a "t" sound at the end of words ending in "n"? especially when they appear in the end of the sentence? it's odd but not off-putting