The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future

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Now eighty years old, T. Boone Pickens is a legendary figure in the business world. Known as the "Oracle of Oil," he built Mesa Petroleum, one of the largest independent oil companies in the United States. When Pickens left Mesa after a downward spiral in the company's profits, many counted him out. What followed for him was the loss of 90 percent of his investing capital. But Pickens was far from out. He went on to stage one of the most impressive comebacks in the industry, turning his investment fund's remaining $3 ...