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In Too Deep. BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down. Bloomberg

  • ID: 2243231
  • January 2011
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"In Too Deep is the story of a corporate culture gone wrong. Reed and Fitzgerald have dug deep and come up with a cautionary tale that is also a cracking good yarn."

Evan Thomas, Contributing Editor, Newsweek

"The touchstone account of the greatest environmental disaster of modern times. These seasoned reporters have produced a gripping, highly readable account of BP's corporate culture and how it led to the Gulf of Mexico disaster. In Too Deep is a brilliant piece of reporting and a serious work of political economy."
Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, coauthor, American Prometheus, and author, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

"Stanley Reed is one of the most thoughtful and informed business journalists in the international community, and what's more, always a pleasure to read."
Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus, The Nation, George T. Delacorte Professor, Columbia University

"A masterly job of taking the reader behind the scenes to understand how and why the Deepwater Horizon blew up and the role of BP in the disaster. Paced almost as swiftly as events unfolded, the book takes us from the floor of the Gulf to the boardrooms in London and Washington READ MORE >

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Cast of Characters.

Authors' Note.


Chapter 1 Night of Horror, Day of Triumph.

Chapter 2 The Oil Lord.

Chapter 3 Agents of Empire.

Chapter 4 The Big Kahuna of the Gulf.

Chapter 5 Money, Politics and Bad Timing.

Chapter 6 Lord Browne's Long Goodbye.

Chapter 7 Riding the Throughput Curve.

Chapter 8 Tony Hayward Comes up Short.

Chapter 9 Disaster on the Horizon.

Chapter 10 BP Struggles to Survive.




About the Authors.


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the latest, and probably the best, of what one might call the private sector books about the BP spill by a pair of talented and experienced Bloomberg reporters

Financial Times

Among the first to bring a book to the public are the Bloomberg News team of Stanley Reed and Alison Fitzgerald. Reed, based in London, had covered BP for more than a decade before the explosion.  Fitzgerald is a Washington, D.C., correspondent ferreting out the political angles of corporate influence. The two journalists make a logical team, and their book is often enlightening about the corporate–political nexus that placed enrichment of the already rich and aggrandizement of the already influention above the common good. . . Reed and Fitzgerald personalize BP by devoting lots of space to John Browne, the flamboyant chief executive officer from 1995–2007. . . He is by far the most memorable character in the book. . USA Today

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