Synopses & Reviews
In February 1968, the rumors became a reality: An ARCO rig has struck oil - lots of oil - on a wind-swept Arctic plain at a place called Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's remote North Slope. It is a watershed event for a young state. Jack Roderick's story of oil and politics in Alaska reads like a novel. He tells of the risky, expensive, and mostly frustrating search for oil across the Northland as oil companies watch one another jealously and often resort to spying...of the infighting and political turmoil in which small independents and the new state struggle to share in the action dominated by huge multi-national oil companies...of Bill Eagan, the shy grocer from Valdez who stands up to the industry seeking the largest possible share of oil revenues for Alaskans...and of the many remarkable men and women who pioneered oil development in Alaska's last frontier.
Oil industry insider Jack Roderick takes you behind the scenes of this multibillion-dollar business, to watch the battle for control of Alaska's most sought-after resource.
In February 1968, the rumors became reality: An ARCO drilling rig has struck oil -- lots of oil -- on Alaska's remote North Slope. Jack Roderick's story of oil and politics in Alaska reads like a novel as he tells of the risky, expensive, and mostly frustrating search for oil across the Northland. Oil companies watch one another jealously. Small independents and the new state struggle to share in the action dominated by huge multi-national oil companies. Gov. Bill Egan, the shy grocer from Valdez, stands up to the industry, seeking the largest possible share of oil revenues for Alaskans.
About the Author
Jack Roderick grew up in Seattle. He studied - and played football - at the University of Washington and at Yale University and served in the Navy Air Corps in World War II. In 1954, he traveled to Alaska where he drove a truck and moved furniture to earn money for law school. During four decades in Alaska, he started an oil reporting service, a title insurance company, and an oil exploration firm, practiced law, worked with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company to help enact the Native Claims Settlement Act, served as mayor of the Anchorage Borough, and was a resources and energy administrator for the state. As a fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he researched Alaska's oil history and he taught the subject in the 1980's at Alaska Pacific University.