Journals Higher Education

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25 June 2008

384 Pages | 36 halftones, 9 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195367058


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Thicker Than Oil

America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

Rachel Bronson

Drawing on a wide range of archival material, declassified documents, and interviews with leading Saudi and American officials, Bronson chronicles a history of close, and always controversial, contacts between the US and Saudi Arabia. She argues that contrary to popular belief the relationship was never simply about "oil for security." Saudi Arabia's geographic location and religiously motivated foreign policy figured prominently in American efforts to defeat "godless communism." From Africa to Afghanistan, the two worked to beat back Soviet expansion. But decisions made for hardheaded Cold War purposes left behind a legacy that today enflames the Middle East.

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