The best all-around book yet on fracking ( San Francisco Chronicle ) from a Pulitzer Prize finalist: Gold's work is a tour de force of contemporary journalism ( Booklist ). First invented in 1947, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has t only become a major source of energy, it is changing the way we use energy, and the energy we use. It is both a threat and a godsend for the environment, and it is leading the revival of manufacturing in the United States. A definitive narrative history, The Boom follows the twists and turns in the development and adoption of this radical techlogy. It is a thrilling journey filled with colorful characters: the green-minded Texas oilman who created the first modern frack; a bare-knuckled Oklahoman natural gas empire-builder who gave the world an ermous new supply of energy and was brought down by his own success and excesses; an environmental leader whose embrace of fracking brought an end to his public career; and an aging fracking pioneer who is w trying to save the industry from itself. A fascinating and exciting exploration of one of the most controversial and promising sources of energy, The Boom brings new clarity to a subject awash in hype from all sides a thoughtful, well-written, and carefully researched book that provides the best overview yet of the pros and cons of fracking. Gold quietly leads both supporters and critics of drilling to consider other views ( Associated Press ).