Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil

ISBN-10: 0970115741

ISBN-13: 9780970115744

Edition: N/A

Authors: Thomas W. Lippman, 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 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.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Selwa Press
Publication date: 9/18/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's re-creation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. As a result, Stegner is undergoing something of a revival. His work enjoys a new appreciation for its traditional narrative forms, its use of rich detail, and the unpretentious way it treats general social and psychological issues. For readers tired or confused by postmodernist fiction, Stegner offers relief. Stegner may also be the beneficiary of a quickening of interest in the latest literary westward expansion that includes such diverse writers as Jane Smiley and Larry McMurtry. Stegner's novels and stories are profoundly influenced by the American West where he grew up, and he wants to construct the history of a place where people went, often trying to escape the past. Moving between Eastern "cultivation" and Western "nature," Stegner's novels trace various stages in the Westward movement of the American experience. Against this broad cultural landscape, showing the modern betrayal of the past, Stegner details individual human behavior through a range of fully conceived and finely drawn characters. He is a master at tracing the changes over time in marriages and friendships, as well as at depicting the poignant tensions between a mind that remains strong in a body that is succumbing to illness.

Foreword
Introduction
Contact!
The Crucial Corner
The Beachhead
The Plane
The Pioneers
The Wildcatters
Dammam No. 7
Into Production
The Second Wave
The Ten Days at Dammam 12
The Unicorns of the Dahna
Air Raid!
The Time of the Hundred Men
The Frontier Closes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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