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Synopsis: The truth behind the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history
In 2005, fifteen workers were killed when BP's Texas City Refinery exploded. In 2006, corroded pipes owned by BP led to an oil spill in Alaska. Now, in 2010, eleven men drilling for BP were killed in the blowout of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.
What's next? In In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down, Stanley Reed, a journalist who has covered BP for over a decade, and investigative reporter Alison Fitzgerald answer not only that question, but also examine why these disasters happen to BP so much more than other large oil companies.
In August 2010, BP successfully "killed" the company's damaged deepwater well. But, the environmental fallout and public relations campaign to rebuild the brand are just beginning. In Too Deep details why BP, why now, and what's next for this oil giant.
Q&A with Authors Stanley Reed and Alison Fitzgerald
|Author Alison Fitzgerald|
Stanley had covered BP for more than a decade and drew on the reporting from his many stories for BusinessWeek. He also had notes and recordings from several exclusive interviews with John Browne and a trip to Russia with the powerful BP boss. The book includes lots of never-before-published details from these experiences.
Alison had been covering the investigations into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and so had a vast file of documents related to BP's safety history and violations.
Armed with that information, we both set out to speak to as many people as possible -- BP executives, former executives, competitors, oil workers, lawyers, government officials, safety experts, and politicians. We conducted dozens of new interviews just for the book while continuing to follow the investigations and the financial and legal troubles of the company.
We also had the help of our Bloomberg colleagues who were writing about this tragedy every day and were generous in sharing their research, published stories, and unpublished notes. Their work was central to shaping this book.
|Author Stanley Reed|
Tony Hayward vowed to fix those problems, but he was a protégé of Browne, and in the end couldn't do enough to change his predecessor's legacy.Was BP really different than other oil giants like ExxonMobil or Shell?
BP didn't have such a strict system in place. The company had a decentralized structure that left mid-level people in charge of major decisions and those people were judged and compensated based on the financial performance of their units. BP was putting in a centralized safety system, but the Gulf of Mexico unit had resisted that.Given that, how is it that BP was so successful before 2010?
From the Back Cover:
"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 to the sands of the Middle East. Every person who has grieved for the workers lost in the explosion or felt a pang of horror at the volumes of crude spilled into the ocean will appreciate how skillfully the authors have explained the event. Truth turns out to be more exciting, and better reading, than fiction."
?Doron Levin, contributor, Fortune, and author, Behind the Wheel at Chrysler and Irreconcilable Differences
"From the macho world of offshore oil drilling to the rarified world of Wimbledon tennis matches and Mayfair drinks parties, In Too Deep brings a uniquely deep, trans-Atlantic perspective to the Gulf of Mexico tragedy. Reed and Fitzgerald have teamed up to produce what may become a classic case study of a corporate culture gone wrong."
?Julia Flynn Siler, author of the New York Times bestseller, The House of Mondavi, and the forthcoming Lost Kingdom
"Were this a work of fiction, readers would be spellbound. Since it's reality, In Too Deep is essential to demanding the truth from leaders at all levels in business, government, and everywhere else."
?John Hofmeister, former President, Shell Oil Company, and author, Why We Hate the Oil Companies
Title: In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That ...
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