This falls short of being the thrilling story that could be told of the last frontier, and the handling of the material limits its appeal mainly to those already interested in the subject. Special interest for Oklahoma, where scene is laid, with some angles for Texas and other oil centers. First chapters give background of dealings with Indians, picture of crude frontier turned to rich country with material advantages. Balance of book follows development of the oil country, the beginnings of the big companies, with something of the desperadoes and criminals notorious in the section. The book lacks the drama inherent in the story, and the angle of the author, arguing that success whitewashes everything else is questionable.