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Cooper, Andrew Scott
The oil kings : how the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia changed the balance of power in the Middle East / Andrew Scott Cooper
Alternate Title How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia changed the balance of power in the Middle East
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011
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 3rd Floor  E183.8.I55 C66 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Iran
Iran -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia -- Foreign relations -- United States
Iran -- Politics and government -- 1941-1979
Subject(s) Petroleum industry and trade -- Iran -- History -- 20th century
Petroleum industry and trade -- Saudi Arabia -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description 530 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [501]-511) and index
Summary This is an account of an era we thought we knew: how the US decision in the mid-1970s to choose Saudi Arabia as the dominant oil power in the Mideast ultimately led to the Islamic revolution in Iran, and how oil came to dominate U.S. domestic and international affairs. The author draws on newly declassified documents and interviews with some key figures of the time to show how Nixon, Ford, Kissinger, the CIA, and the State and Treasury departments, as well as the Shah of Iran and the Saudi royal family, maneuvered to control events in the Middle East. He details the secret U.S.-Saudi plan to circumvent OPEC that destabilized the Shah; reveals how close the U.S. came to sending troops into the Persian Gulf to break the Arab oil embargo; and shows how the Ford Administration barely averted a European debt crisis that could have triggered a financial catastrophe in the U.S
Contents Gladiator. A kind of super man -- Guardian of the Gulf -- Marital vows -- Contingencies -- Oil shock -- Cruel summer -- Showdown. Screaming eagle -- Potomac Scheherazade -- Henry's wars -- The spirit of '76 -- Royal flush -- Oil war -- The last hurrah

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