Edward L. Doheny: The Mexican oil baron
'Burn, baby, burn," is the unforgettable remark uttered on tape by a sneering Enron trader who saw great profits in the devastating fire raging in California. The same day the tapes aired, the price of crude skyrocketed to an all-time high. Oil and energy became hot political topics. Similar issues swirled around Edward L. Doheny in the 1920s, though the focus was closer to home, not the Middle East. Short and sinewy, hovering at 125 pounds, and blessed with enough determination and confidence to bowl over an NFL lineman, Doheny became one of America's greatest oil barons. His wealth was incomparable. Yet he paid a steep price to reach the pinnacles he so desperately sought.