Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster

Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster

by John Konrad, Tom Shroder

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"A phenomenal feat of journalism. . . . I tore through it like a novel but with the queasy knowledge that the whole damn thing is true." —Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War

Blending exclusive first-person interviews and penetrating investigative reporting, oil rig captain John Konrad and veteran Washington Post writer Tom Shroder give the definitive, white-knuckled account of the Deepwater Horizon explosion—as well as a riveting insider’s view of the byzantine culture of offshore drilling that made the disaster inevitable. As the world continues to cope with the oil spill’s grim aftermath—with environmental and economic consequences all the more dire in a region still rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina—Konrad and Schroder’s real-time account of the disaster shows us just where things went wrong, and points the way to a safer future for us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062066541
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 1,142,534
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tom Shroder was an editor and writer at The Washington Post from 1999 to 2009. Under his stewardship, The Washington Post Magazine won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in both 2008 and 2010. He is the author of the nonfiction bestseller Old Souls. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

John Konrad is a veteran oil rig captain; a former employee of the Deepwater Horizon's owner, Transocean; and the founder of the world's leading maritime blog, A graduate of SUNY Maritime College, he lives in Morro Bay, California.

Table of Contents

Author's Note: A Perilous Crossing ix

Prologue: The End 1

1 The Beginning 3

2 Oil and Water 19

3 Cold Comfort 30

4 Sea Legs 38

5 King Neptune 58

6 Macondo 72

7 X Marks the Spot 92

8 The Flood 120

9 A Captain's Colors 132

10 Latching Up 145

11 Kicks 166

12 A Long String 195

13 Uneasy Partings 214

14 Positive Test 220

15 Negative Test 228

16 Sailor Take Warning 246

17 "Something Ain't Right" 260

18 Mayday 275

19 Abandon Ship 292

20 Mustering 309

21 Going Home 317

Epilogue 333

Acknowledgments 355

What People are Saying About This

Sebastian Junger

“One of the best disaster books I’ve ever read...I tore through it like a novel but with the quesy knowledge that the whole damn thing is true. A phenomenal feat of journalism.”

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