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Rise of the Cajun Mariners

Genre: History

EAN: 9781510718463

The “startling and refreshing” true story of four families of Cajun boatmen—and their rise from simple trappers and shrimpers to mega-millionaire oil men (Biloxi Sun Herald).
Rise of the Cajun Mariners documents an untold piece of history of the American south—the beginnings of the global marine oil and gas industry. But is also offers an insider account of one of America’s most distinctive cultures—the Cajuns.
The book tells the story through the Cajun boatmen who drive the boats that supply and move the men who work the offshore platforms. The book follows four of these French-speaking trailblazers as they scrape to buy and build their first boats and struggle toward success. Their success stories will appeal to any believer in the American dream. But it is also a candid account of a wild time in a rough, vital business where the lifestyle is often as much about drinking and carousing as it is about seamanship and deal-making.
This is a fast-paced tale about the rapid evolution of a worldwide industry, the modernization of a culture, and the deliverance of four fascinating families that “unsentimentally reveals the seamy underside of the oil patch (Galveston County Daily News).
“Reads as smoothly and colorfully as a fully conceived novel and with the same level of satisfaction . . . (Falgoux) extracts a degree of candor that is both startling and refreshing . . . As a business primer, Cajun Mariners should be required reading.” —Biloxi Sun Herald
“While Falgoux’s book doesn’t omit the darker side of dealing with big oil and doing politics in Louisiana, it contains enough sly Cajun stories to entertain anyone” —Victoria Advocate
“Falgoux unsentimentally reveals the seamy underside of the oil patch, yet you admire the resilience of the men who worked there. There is a rough romance in this history—a romance of hard work, big paydays, failed gambles and men against the sea.” —Galveston County Daily News