Rise of the Cajun Mariners: The Race for Big Oil Rides the Boom-and-Doom Cycle of the Oilfield Boat Business

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Today is Shipyard Day, 2007. With the price of the barrel skyrocketing and a war on in the Middle East, a new nonfiction book muses about the often gut-wrenching, always-interesting evolution of the offshore industry. Here is a fast-paced tale about the Cajun workboat business--the rapid evolution of a worldwide industry, the modernization of a culture, and the deliverance of four fascinating families.

Today is Shipyard Day, 2007. With the price of the barrel skyrocketing and a war on in the Middle East, a new nonfiction book muses about the often gut-wrenching, always-interesting evolution of the offshore industry. Here is a fast-paced tale about the Cajun workboat business--the rapid evolution of a worldwide industry, the modernization of a culture, and the deliverance of four fascinating families.

Cajun Mariners: The Race for Big Oil
by Woody Falgoux
(Stockard James, $26.95, Business History, 0-9792920-0-X)

"…a spicy bowl of Cajun gumbo…as colorful as a novel…
the reader inhabits the characters…a required business primer."
-Scott Naugle, Biloxi Sun Herald

"Filled with tales of Cajun ingenuity and wit, the book delights."
-New York Times Regional Newspapers

"A good reporter, Falgoux writes in an informal, attractive style."
-William Curran, St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Woody Falgoux is Cajun enough to keep food in his history (without omitting) the darker side of dealing with big oil and doing politics in Louisiana...enough sly Cajun stories to entertain anyone…"
-Reese Vaughn, The Victoria (TX) Advocate

About The Book
Cajun Mariners is a narrative history of the workboat industry that follows four French-speaking trailblazers as they buy and build boats in pursuit of the American dream. Beginning in the late 1930s, and racing against time and competition, the men export Cajun ingenuity from the Persian Gulf to the Arctic Circle. Lauded for his novelistic style, the author brings to life the colorful Cajuns behind the world's largest tugboat company--how the fleets were built and at what human cost.    

About The Author
Woody Falgoux is a former radio & TV journalist and author of One Dream: The NFL. The author draws on his experience growing up along Bayou Lafourche and his work as a maritime attorney to craft Cajun Mariners. Woody Falgoux currently practices law in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Visit http://www.woodyfalgoux.com.

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