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This rich, rousing gusher of a biography captures the life and times of an American hero and the birth of the modern oil empire he created.

Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum, was one of the most prominent self-made business tycoons of the twentieth century. In Oil Man, Michael Wallis, a best-selling historian of the West, presents Phillips against a pageant of luminaries and outlaws that includes Will Rogers, Harry Truman, Edna Ferber, J. Paul Getty, and Pretty Boy Floyd.

Spanning the final days of America's frontier West through the Roaring Twenties and two world wars, Oil Man is a bold, colorful biography of an original American entrepreneur. A classic work that continues to gather accolades since its original publication in 1988, the book captures the life and times of an American hero.


About The Author
Michael Wallis is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including Route 66: The Mother Road and Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
John Gibson Phillips, Jr., is the grandson of Frank Phillips.

Reviews & Praise
"Wallis captures the entrepreneurial spirit of one of Oklahoma's finest--a man who was willing to take great risks, who was willing to work hard, and who willingly gave back much of that for which he had worked so hard." Henry Bellmon, U.S. Senator (1939-1981) and 18th and 23rd Governor of Oklahoma

"A masterful account of a man and the shaping of Oklahoma's largest corporation. The book is superior." The Oklahoman

Book Information
528 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-4676-8
Kindle 978-0-8061-4695-9
e-pub 978-0-8061-4696-6
Published September 2014
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