By Robert Vitalis

ISBN-10: 0804754462

ISBN-13: 9780804754460

America's Kingdom debunks the numerous myths that now encompass the United States's "special courting" with Saudi Arabia, or what's much less reverently often called "the deal": oil for protection. Taking objective on the long-held trust that the Arabian American Oil corporation, ARAMCO, made miracles take place within the desolate tract, Robert Vitalis exhibits that not anything might be farther from the reality. what's actual is that oil led the U.S. executive to stick to the corporate to the dominion. Eisenhower agreed to coach Ibn Sa'ud's military, Kennedy despatched jets to protect the dominion, and Lyndon Johnson offered it missiles. Oil and ARAMCO fast grew to become America's biggest unmarried abroad deepest enterprise.

Beginning with the institution of a Jim Crow approach within the Dhahran oil camps within the Nineteen Thirties, the e-book is going directly to study the interval of unrest within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties whilst staff challenged the racial hierarchy of the ARAMCO camps whereas a small cadre of revolutionary Saudis challenged the hierarchy of the overseas oil marketplace. The defeat of those teams ended in the consolidation of America's country lower than the home of Fahd, the royal faction that also principles today.

This is a gripping tale that covers greater than seventy years, 3 continents, and an engrossing solid of characters. trained via first hand bills from ARAMCO staff and best U.S. executive officers, this publication bargains the real tale of the occasions at the Saudi oil fields. After America's Kingdom, mythmakers should paintings more durable on their stories approximately ARAMCO being magical, honorable, selfless, and enlightened.

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