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Comeback by Charles R. Morris

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  PROLOGUE

Shale Country

America’s rise to global economic preeminence was built first and foremost on its splendid endowment of natural resources. From the 1870s, the great Midwestern “factory farms”—where fields could be plowed in mile-long straight lines—dominated world grain output. The Lake Superior iron deposits may have been the world’s richest, and were ideal for steelmaking. Add the California gold bonanza and the great anthracite seams of Pennsylvania.

But oil was the quintessential American industry. Unlike ore and coal, oil wasn’t wrested out of the earth in pickaxe-size bites. When you found an oil deposit and drilled into it, it gushed. ...

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