"And in the end, of course, it all went bad. The last part of the book makes sobering reading. The empires of the Big Rich, and their Neronian lifestyles, could not survive repeated collapses in the oil price. The Texas fields started to give out. The federal authorities played their part, tying up the oilmen with investigations of predatory pricing and a wiretapping scandal that almost destroyed the Hunt family. Today, the Big Rich are just humdrum rich."