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Origins of the Saudi Arabian Oil Empire: Secret U.S. Documents, 1923-1944

Origins of the Saudi Arabian Oil Empire: Secret U.S. Documents, 1923-1944

Edited by Nelson Robertson

Documentary Publications, 1980, 190 pp.

Secret History of the Oil Companies in the Middle East. Edited by William J. Kennedy (pseud.). Salisbury (N.C.): Documentary Publications, 1980, $40.00 2 vols.

Three volumes of documents from the U.S. archives, covering the years 1923-1949, on negotiations connected with the first American oil concession in Saudi Arabia (obtained by Standard Oil of California) and the origins and early years of ARAMCO. The purpose of the editors, as stated in the introduction to the "Kennedy" volumes, is to reveal the underlying causes, in American economic imperialism, of the OPEC problem and crisis of today.