Discovery!: The Search for Arabian Oil

Discovery!: The Search for Arabian Oil

by Wallace Stegner
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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. If you want to know how we got into this mess, Stegner will tell you."  —Library Journal

"A riveting picture of the desert kingdom before it was transformed by oil wealth."  —Washington Post

"A grand adventure story."  —Los Angeles Times

"A classic. A great American writer on the birth of Saudi Arabia's oil industry midst global crises—and the collaboration across cultures that made it possible."  —Daniel Yergin, Pultizer Prize-winning author, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power

"This is a fascinating and timely rediscovery. Wallace Stegner was the finest American writer to wander through early Saudi Arabia. His voice is all here—sharp, clear, and entertaining."  —Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Ghost Wars

"For serious Stegner fans who want more of the master."  —Seattle Times

"I was there in 1938 and lived part of this story, so I can vouch for the authenticity of Stegner's engaging and insightful narrative."  —Nestor Sander, author, Ibn Saud: King by Conquest

"[Stegner] anticipates the 'New Journalism' of Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe by a decade, unabashedly entering the minds of the people he writes about."  —San Jose Mercury News

Deseret News
A historical jewel
Stanford Magazine
There are fresh insights here into the worldview of novelist and environmentalist Stegner, who founded Stanford’s creative writing program.

Washington Post
A riveting picture of the desert kingdom before it was transformed by oil wealth.
San Jose Mercury News
[Stegner]anticipates the 'New Journalism' of Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe by a decade, unabashedly entering the minds of the people he writes about.
Library Journal

Originally published in Lebanon in 1971, Pulitzer Prize winner Stegner's 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-1950s when many of the principal players were still alive, but the book was shelved after the Suez Crisis of 1956. 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. If you want to know how we got into this mess, Stegner will tell you.


—Michael Rogers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970115744
Publisher:
Selwa Press
Publication date:
09/18/2007
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,236,172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

What People are saying about this

Nestor Sander
"I was there in 1938 and lived part of this story, so I can vouch for the authenticity of Stegner's engaging and insightful narrative."--(Nestor Sander, author, Ibn Saud: King by Conquest )
Daniel Yergin
A classic. Saudi Arabia's oil industry midst global crises-and the collaboration across cultures that made it possible. (Daniel Yergin, Pultizer Prize-winning author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power)

Meet the Author


Wallace Stegner is the author of more than 30 books, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Angle of Repose. He established the creative writing program at Stanford University in 1945. Thomas W. Lippman is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute. He is the author of Egypt After Nasser, Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia, Madeline Albright and the New American Diplomacy, and Understanding Islam. He has traveled extensively in Saudi Arabia as a reporter and diplomat on behalf of the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 18, 1909
Date of Death:
April 13, 1993
Place of Birth:
Lake Mills, Iowa
Place of Death:
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Education:
B.A., University of Utah, 1930; attended University of California, 1932-33; Ph. D., State University of Iowa, 1935

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