America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier

America s Kingdom Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier America s Kingdom debunks the many myths that now surround the United States s special relationship with Saudi Arabia or what is less reverently known as the deal oil for security Taking aim at the l

  • Title: America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier
  • Author: Robert Vitalis
  • ISBN: 9780804754460
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America s Kingdom debunks the many myths that now surround the United States s special relationship with Saudi Arabia, or what is less reverently known as the deal oil for security Taking aim at the long held belief that the Arabian American Oil Company, ARAMCO, made miracles happen in the desert, Robert Vitalis shows that nothing could be further from the truth WhaAmerica s Kingdom debunks the many myths that now surround the United States s special relationship with Saudi Arabia, or what is less reverently known as the deal oil for security Taking aim at the long held belief that the Arabian American Oil Company, ARAMCO, made miracles happen in the desert, Robert Vitalis shows that nothing could be further from the truth What is true is that oil led the U.S government to follow the company to the kingdom Eisenhower agreed to train Ibn Sa ud s army, Kennedy sent jets to defend the kingdom, and Lyndon Johnson sold it missiles Oil and ARAMCO quickly became America s largest single overseas private enterprise.Beginning with the establishment of a Jim Crow system in the Dhahran oil camps in the 1930s, the book goes on to examine the period of unrest in the 1950s and 1960s when workers challenged the racial hierarchy of the ARAMCO camps while a small cadre of progressive Saudis challenged the hierarchy of the international oil market The defeat of these groups led to the consolidation of America s Kingdom under the House of Fahd, the royal faction that still rules today.This is a gripping story that covers than seventy years, three continents, and an engrossing cast of characters Informed by first hand accounts from ARAMCO employees and top U.S government officials, this book offers the true story of the events on the Saudi oil fields After America s Kingdom, mythmakers will have to work harder on their tales about ARAMCO being magical, honorable, selfless, and enlightened.

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    1. عبدالرحمن عقاب

      وصلت إلى هنا بحثًا في التاريخ بعد أن قرأت "مدن الملح". رأيت العنوان فظننته سيروي القصة ذاتها بالوثائق، وبالأسماء ‏الصريحة. وهذا بالفعل ما يفعله الكتاب (الذي بدأ فصله الأوّل بالإحالة والاقتباس الأدبي من مدن الملح!) . ‏لكن الكتاب امتلأ بما لايلزم من استطرادات متشعبة وطويلة، و ب [...]

    2. Yazeed AlMogren

      كتاب رصين مُدعم بالمراجع قضى مؤلفه 10 سنوات في البحث حتى يصدر هذا الكتاب الذي يستعرض تاريخ شركة أرامكو ابتداءًا بمرحلة ماقبل التأسيس حتى 50 عامًا من نشأتها، الكتاب مناسب للباحثين ولمن أراد بصبر قراءة تاريخ الشركة

    3. Ahmed Eisa

      الكتاب بنسخته الإنقليزية صدر في ٢٠٠٦، و النسخة المترجمة للعربية في ٢٠١٦ . جميل أن تقرأ الأمور بروايات مختلفة خصوصاً عندما تكون بعيدة عن فلترة و تلميع أقسام العلاقات العامة. بالنسبة لهذا الكتاب فمحتوياته لا تسر إلى حدٍ كبير الأطراف المعنيين فيه بالرغم من أنه يتحدث عن تاريخ مض [...]

    4. Mishari

      كتاب مملكة أمريكا ، يستعرض الكتاب تاريخ أرامكو الذي لا تريد أن يعرفه أحد بعيدًا عن الشعارات البراقة و الأكاذيب التي لا نهاية لها من تاريخ تأسيسها و دورها التنموي و سياساتها إلى دوافعها الإمبريالية و سلوكها الاستعماري و التمييز الطبقي و الفصل العنصري و أخيرًا الإضرابات و الح [...]

    5. Emmy

      Oh my God, this is the one of the worst books I have ever been forced to read. Ever. I'm not the type of person to take solace in complaining on the internet, but I have got to warn people of the horrors that is this book. Pros: well researched, relevant info.Cons: THIS GUY DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO WRITE A BOOK. This is 270 pages that could probably be condensed into a reasonable 80. The author goes on and on and on repeating the exact same things for PAGES. The tone is very dry, and the sentences a [...]

    6. Joshua Buermann

      An authoritative if not exhaustive history of US-Saudi relations between 1930 and 1960 through the primary conduit of that relationship, ARAMCO. He documents the Jim Crow system the American managers of ARAMCO exported to the Saudi Oil fields, and upends much of the generally accepted history of this period as so much company public relations. When workers protested their unequal conditions as early as 1945 ARAMCO responded like any Colorado coal baron and called in the governor to put down the [...]

    7. Tori

      History of the Arab-American Oil Company (ARAMCO) and U.S. involvement with the Saudi state and its politics. Vitalis prides himself on having written a 'extremely readable' book, not like all those other ones that no one can stand to read. How could it not be when he ends paragraphs with sentences like these: "Those who heralded Faisal as a reformer either ignored his deep-running reactionary streak, either because it doesn't fit well into the story or because they feared political change in th [...]

    8. Kathleen

      While Vitalis claims this to be a beach read, I think he is a bit optimistic in his claim. This book is not your typical ARAMCO narrative, nor is it your typical history of US/Saudi relations. While a bit encumbering with detail, it is a testament to the time and research put into its writing. It is an interesting book that will almost undoubtedly make you rethink the way history has been presented.

    9. Katie

      This book was certainly not the beach read that the author purported it to be. Though well-researched, I found the book rather dry. Essentially, it is a company history of ARAMCO as written by Vitalis. He criticizes the other histories available as presenting the company line. His book, instead, spends a lot of time dismissing the material available to researchers and claiming to hold the truth. Vitalis's facts may be right, and his research may be the most in-depth, but it is in no means fascin [...]

    10. Khalid

      Vitalis used some of Mulligan Collection documents I have researched no new info was provided in the book but still a good read about Saudi Arabia

    11. Abdullah

      كتاب وبحث جيد في تاريخ تأسيس أرامكو وروايه اخرى بعيده عن الروايه الرسميه. يعيبه الأسلوب وكثرة التكرار

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