Maya Rao - Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier

When the Bakken Oilfield in North Dakota was rumored to produce profits of $17,000 a month for a single oil man, a Gold Rush-style flood of capitalists rushed in. Journalist Maya Rao, described as part-Barbara Ehrenreich, part-Upton Sinclair has written an expose that reads like a frontier novel, exploring the transformation of a rural community inundated by outsiders hustling for profit. Her narrative focuses on a surfer from the Outer Banks, and many other people from the Carolinas and Southern states, who went to North Dakota in search of better opportunities, but often experienced devastating outcomes.


 

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781610396462
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PublicAffairs - April 24th, 2018

A surreal, lyrical work of narrative nonfiction that portrays how the largest domestic oil discovery in half a century transformed a forgotten corner of the American West into a crucible of breakneck capitalism.