Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil, 1941-1947; Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy, 1939-1949

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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. $15.00
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Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy, 1939-1949

By Aaron David Miller
University of North Carolina Press, 1980
320 pp. $19.00
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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.