In This Review

Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil, 1941-1947
Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil, 1941-1947
By Michael B. Stoff
Yale University Press, 1980, 249 pp.
Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy, 1939-1949
Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy, 1939-1949
By Aaron David Miller
University of North Carolina Press, 1980, 320 pp.

Two excellent complementary books on the same subject. Stoff is more succinct and analytical. He concentrates on the wrangling over oil policy within the U.S. government. Miller presents a fuller, sometimes overly detailed picture of conditions in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East in general. He describes American events largely through the eyes of diplomats.