The Oil Kings

Andrew Scott Cooper's absorbing chronicle of US diplomacy in the Middle East yeilds fresh insights gleaned from newly declassified documents about America's decision in 1976 to break ties with the Shah of Iran and turn to Saudi Arabia for cheaper oil. The reverberations of that choice are still felt today, and Cooper's exceptional reporting gives readers a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the region's recent history. 

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