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Discovery!: The Search for Arabian Oil

by Wallace Stegner

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Reviewed in The Middle East Journal, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp.164-55, Winter 2008.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0970115741, Hardcover)

Illuminating a little-known but extremely significant period in world history—the discovery of oil in the Middle East and the beginnings of what is now the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)—this captivating history explores the birth of the Middle Eastern oil industry. From the king and his royal court to the desert guides, scientists, and mechanics who built the original oil company, Aramco, the distant and desperately poor world of Depression-era Saudi Arabia is vividly brought to life. Written more than 50 years ago, this detailed account serves as a kind of time capsule and features the author’s prescient insights into the cultural and technological consequences of King Ibn Saud’s deliberate decision to choose America as his commercial ally.

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General Adult. Originally published in Lebanon in 11, Pulitzer Prize winner Stegners history of the founding of the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) has never been published in the Unites States. It actually was written in the mid-10s when many of the principal players were still alive, but the book was shelved after the Suez Crisis of 16. The story tells how Americans helped the Arabs find the natural resource buried under their deserts that would make them a major player in the world economy.… (more)

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