THE SIMPLE TRUTH is character-driven narrative nonfiction based on referenced facts about the well. The book targets the drilling of the well and the explicit cause of the tragic event. Conversely, a number of other nonfiction books about BP’s Macondo Blowout and its aftermath entered the market beginning in late 2010.
Most of the authors cover in depth and quite successfully an assortment of Effect-related aspects of the blowout, including the fire, emergency response, killing the well, the environment, jobs, politics, Big Oil, press releases, photo galleries, energy independence, government oversight, and BP’s history and culture. A few (Cavnar, Konrad/Shroder, Safina, and Tainter/Patzek) also address factors that contributed to the Cause of the blowout.
- Achenbach, Joel. The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher, New York, Simon & Schuster, 2011
- Cavnar, Bob. Disaster on the Horizon. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2010.
- Freudenburg, William R., and Gramling, Robert. Blowout in the Gulf. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010.
- Holland, Jack. Blowout: In Plain Sight. Lexington: Tarpon Productions, 2010.
- Lehner, Peter, with Deans, Bob. In Deep Water: The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and Ending Our Oil Addiction. New York, The Experiment, 2010.
- Steffy, Loren C. Drowning in Oil–BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2010.
- Stanley Reed and Alison Fitzgerald. In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down, Bloomberg, 2011.
- John Konrad and Tom Shroder. Fire on the Horizon. New York: Harper, 2011.
- Carl Safina. A Sea in Flames. New York: Crown Publishers, 2011.
- Joseph A Tainter and Tadeusz W. Patzek. Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma. Springer, 2011.
Apologies for those I’ve missed and those published later.