McGraw-Hill has joined the pack of publishers that are quickly turning out books on the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Along with Bloomberg Press, Chelsea Green, Crown, HarperCollins, MIT Press, OR Books, St. Martin’s, and Wiley, McGraw-Hill is publishing a book about the spill by a journalist who is close to the matter at hand.
Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit by Houston Chronicle business columnist Loren Steffy uncovers patterns and discusses BP’s troubled corporate culture leading to the spill. The publisher is positioning it as a business narrative, as opposed to some of the other books that focus more on the environmental aspects of the spill.
McGraw-Hill signed the book up on July 9, less than three months after the explosion that caused the spill. A $27 hardcover edition of Drowning in Oil will be in stores December 3, but the e-book goes on sale today.