The End of Country by Seamus McGraw

The End of Country

The End of Country is the compelling story about the epic battle for control of one of the richest natural gas deposits the world has ever known: the Marcellus Shale, worth more than one trillion dollars. In a remote northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, an intense conflict begins, pitting the forces of corporate America against a community of stoic, low-income homesteaders, determined to acquire their fair share of the windfall—but not at the c...


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TitleThe End of Country
ISBN9781400068531
Author
Release DateJun 28th, 2011
PublisherRandom House
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Science, Environment, Nature, Autobiography, Memoir, Politics
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  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    McGraw is a very good writer. Although I always find it dubious and slightly disgusting when a writer gets acclaim for writing for Playboy magazine, which he does. He grew up in Dimock, PA which has since become the epi-center of the hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, of the Marcellus Shale, to pull natural gas out of the ground. His mother still lives there and he and his sister will inherit her farm and her land. McGraw paints an exc...
  • Amber
    1970-01-01
    This is an interesting, thoughtful, well-written book, from an industry outsider, about the rapid increase in gas drilling in the Northeast, a brief history of US oil and gas production and consumption, and what the increase in drilling of late it means for local communities, the environment, and the US economy more generally. I work in the natural gas industry, so I was particularly interested in an outsider’s perspective—the author is a fre...
  • Sharon Guynup
    1970-01-01
    This book is a hybrid, mixing lyrical memoir with nonfiction on one of our most pressing issues: energy, specifically natural gas. End of Country focuses on the natural gas "gold rush" in Pennsylvania, where McGraw's family has owned land for over 40 years, where his mother and her neighbors have sold leases to various companies to drill for deep-earth shale gas using controversial fracturing, or "fracking" wells. This book explores the human sid...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    as a native pennsylvanian, this was probably extra interesting to me. but no matter where you're from, this is an excellent take on the conflict of politics, money and conscience when it comes to drilling for natural gas. you have to wonder what would happen if these companies would put this money into developing a smart-grid to move renewable energies around this country. most of them seem to have very little concern for what fracking does to th...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    http://philadelphiareviewofbooks.com/...At the top of the natural gas industry’s food chain sit men like Aubrey McClendon.McClendon, the great-nephew of Robert S. Kerr, former Oklahoma governor and founder in 1927 of the Kerr-McGee Corporation, an oil and natural gas company, started out life in the energy industry as a landman. He bought up enough lucrative acreage to make his own Chesapeake Energy either the first or second largest landholder...
  • Jim Layman
    1970-01-01
    This book is indeed a cautionary tale describing the challenges and confusion in the fracking gas industry as related to tapping the Marcellus Shale reserves deep underneath the rural towns and economically depressed counties of Northeast ( particular to the author) Pennsylvania. It’s a quick read describing the author’s family and rural neighbors caught up in the “get-rich-quick” turmoil of this 21st century energy/ conservation debate.
  • Eli
    1970-01-01
    Excellent view from the perspective of people who are affected by the fracking boom. It doesn't really pick sides, but shows many different sides. Doesn't pull punches about the impact of fracking but leaves questions to ponder.
  • Kathleen McFall
    1970-01-01
    Why are we also surprised by capitalism? Which do you value most? If forced, would you choose instant riches or preservation of the hard scrabble land from which generations of you have barely farmed? Sweet fat lazy royalty checks from a demon oil company or bragging rights about your long-standing, oft-touted concern for global warming and progressive environmental principles? Would you rather have a million dollars (literally) or a myth to slee...
  • SwensonBooks
    1970-01-01
    The End of Country is like many other books that have surfaced in the last five or so years on the scarcity of true wilderness and the abuse of natural resources resulting from corporate greed. Seamus McGraw’s story is frightening, even apocalyptic; after all, Nature’s resources are finite. But it needs to be told and, for many residents in Upstate New York like me, its subject is increasingly relevant.“Hydro-fracking” is the hot topic of...
  • Chris Demer
    1970-01-01
    This book has special meaning for me as I lived in Northeast PA for my first 11 years, and visited there often throughout the 60s and 70s. I remember the small dairy farms and the difficulty even then of making a decent living from them, as lovely as many of them appeared to outsiders. And then they discovered gas in the Marcellus Shale. Not just gas, but massive amounts of it. Enough to spend billions of dollars to recover.Seamus McGraw does an ...
  • Gerry Claes
    1970-01-01
    This is the story of the impact that the Marcellus Shale natural gas discovery had on the people of northern Pennsylvania from the perspective of the son of a widow that had their homestead on top of a major find. I thought that this book was going to be a slam on the companies that did the fracking however I found it to be pretty balanced. There certainly are some shysters who are taking advantage of these people however many of them have become...
  • Elaine Tama
    1970-01-01
    This book combines the personal stories of the author, his family, and a few of their neighbors, as they deal with the onslaught of the gas companies coming to the forgotten rural areas of northeastern Pennsylvania, with the facts about "fracking" for natural gas. I stumbled onto this book while reading a newspaper article about the increase in crime in areas of the Midwest where similar natural gas areas are being fracked. Since my family were a...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    In The End of Country, McGraw goes beyond the predictable cheering for the underdogs. He doesn’t just malign the money-hungry natural gas corporations but looks with a critical eye at the costs of the choices made by all involved. This is a great read, full of humour and affection for all the varied personalities that stepped up in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.There was one particular part of the book that brought home to me the author’s ...
  • Erok
    1970-01-01
    Part memoir, part straight non-fiction, the book is a good intro to the complexities and realities of what's going on in Fracksylvania. The first person perspective helps sympathize with the conflicting emotions people must go through as they choose whether to take a butt load of cash, or watch their neighbors take butt loads of cash. I thought he did a good job explaining in basic terms what fracking even is, and what it can do to the land, wate...
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    What would you do if your family won the lottery? The McGraw family farm in Dimock, Pennsylvania sits atop the Marcellus Shale, possibly one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the world. It is an economically depressed area, and when the mad rush to secure leases and drilling rights begins, the author's mother and many (but not all) of her neighbors stand to become very wealthy indeed. But the use of a relatively new drilling technology, h...
  • John Wood
    1970-01-01
    This book is great on so many levels! Whether you are interested in the environmental issue, the Marcellus Shale or that area of the country, big corporations dealings with individuals, or real life stories of American life, this book is for you. Seamus McGraw is the perfect person to write this story! His natural storytelling ability, extensive research and the fact he is from the area make this an informative and interesting read. This account ...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    _The End of Country_ tells the story of the place that I am from, North Eastern Pennsylvania, and its recent encounter with the natural gas industry. McGraw does an outstanding job presenting the people of Dimock as complicated actors in their own lives and as portraying the gas industry in all of its complexity as well. Neither anti-fracking polemic or "drill, baby, drill" pro-industry, _The End of Country_ tells stories about a part of the worl...
  • Tedi
    1970-01-01
    It may be my disdain for books that aren't particularly enrapturing (blame my age, if you must) but I didn't find this to be the best book. The prose was dry, as is with many mystery authors, and the historical bits seemed a little forced at times. While it was by no means a bad book, it wasn't the greatest introduction one could have to the tracking industry, as it didn't quite focus on the consequences (both good and bad) as much a I personally...
  • Flanlgirl
    1970-01-01
    Very good book and illustrates the double edged sword of any industrial endeavor applied to a poor area. Yes, the opportunities are vast going forward for populations who have lived in poverty yet the sudden infusion of wealth and the incidiously devious agendas foisted upon unsuspecting and uneducated people show the underbelly of the industrial world. Also examines the radical assault of an industrial operaton has on a previously agricultural l...
  • Brian
    1970-01-01
    One of the most thoughtful books I've read on the subject. The book takes a personal view of fracking from a journalistic perspective. The author is from a family that stands to gain from fracking, but has its doubt. He meets other members of the community in a similar situation and finds that everything is not what it appears to be. The tradeoff between money and quality of life is clearly evident. While there was no doubt that fracking paid, th...
  • Rachel Shellabarger
    1970-01-01
    Great insight into the process behind fracking site development, and the questions that communities face when they're approached about leasing land. Not a definitive source for the technical details of fracking, but it doesn't pretend to be. When someone recently expressed frustration about only finding polarized sources of information about fracking, I recommended this book because it gives consideration to multiple perspectives, rather than jus...
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    I was surprised to find that I didn't want to put this book down until I finished it! I didn't expect the topic and the writer to be so interesting. I highly recommend this title to anyone interested in hydrofracking, the Marcellus shale or the environment as a whole. I have a heavy bias against this type of drilling, but the author helped me to understand why landowners would allow their property to be "fracked." I still don't agree with the pra...
  • Kat
    1970-01-01
    McGraw had questions we all have about what exactly is going on with this gas business. As a former Northeast PA resident, who often is in shock to see the visual changes to the quiet rolling hills and twisty country roads of my youth, the author sought out the answers to so many of my questions. Its honest and trying at times, when the romantic in me still believes in the happy ending that is really never fully possible. Great read, especially i...
  • Casey Kittrell
    1970-01-01
    If you read one book on fracking, this should be it. Heck, if you read one memoir, one book of environmental history, this should be considered. Russell Gold's The Boom is excellent, but McGraw's book is all about the human side of the equation, and that makes it a must-read for me. Hard to think of a industry that's had a bigger impact on America in the last decade. This book lets you know how the folks on the ground (literally, the ground where...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    While I usually find myself on the side of allowing companies and corporations to explore natural resources in the United States, I also add the caveat that they do so reponsibly.This book shows what can happen to a community when they seemingly hit the lottery. Those who have worked the hardscrabble land for generations are suddenly in on a windfall....well, at least some of them.Find out what happens and who seemingly comes out on top. Very wel...
  • Greg
    1970-01-01
    I expected to read a condemnation of everything related to the natural gas industry. Instead, this is an interesting story of one county's interaction with the fracking industry over the course of several years. It shows the moral and economic tug-of-war that property owners went through. It also illustrated the dichotomy of the environmentally-questionable fracking techniques and the relatively strong environmental benefits of natural gas over o...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    Mr. McGraw skillfully weaves himself and his family into this well-researched look at the on-going geological "revolution" in northeastern Pennsylvania; it reads like a novel with real, live characters, heroes and villians, alike. What's happening in the "Marcellus Plan" could happen in your backyard, too.In the back cover blurb, Tom Brokaw calls the book "elegantly written" and I agree. A must read for everyone this year.
  • Becci
    1970-01-01
    McGraw presents a balanced view of the pros and cons of fracking. He not only gives the facts and arguments, but does it from a very personal perspective because his own family is involved, and he adds the perspective of other people in the community. It is a very readable book, I found to my surprise.